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Glossy abelia

Abelia  × grandiflora

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This is a rounded, semi-evergreen shrub to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide with glossy, dark green leaves. From midsummer to autumn, it produces fragrant, funnel-shaped white flowers that are tinged with pink.

CareProvide fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Most hardy of the abelias, but will probably need winter protection or careful siting in areas colder than Zone 6.

PropagationRoot tip cuttings in early spring or late summer.

ProblemsAnthracnose, leaf spots, powdery mildew, and fungal root rots may occur.

  • Genus : Abelia
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. john_odonnel 10/10/2014

    How do I winter protect the glossy abelia in cold winters in zone 5??mabe next to a 6foot high wood fence.need advice.john.p.odonnel@gmail.com

    1. joe_laporte 11/04/2014

      bury it in mulch, straw, well mowed leaves.

      1. john_odonnel 11/04/2014

        I sure do want to thank you,how much mulch should be above ground?

  2. user-7007675 06/27/2015

    I planted two of these in my garden last year at the same time. Both did exceptionally well. This year however, one is full and thick, vibrant green and flowering while the other only has some leaves on the end and is bare and empty in the middle. Any idea what could cause this? I thought maybe some kind of pest, but nothing noted. Root rot maybe?

    1. Sumitraj88 03/09/2016

      Hi Amanda,
      Did you ever find out what happened to the second Abelia?
      I am think of planting them in California for use as a hedge.
      Any input appreciated.

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