Glossy Abelia Abelia
grandiflora is a hybrid between A. chinensis and
A. uniflora is a members of the Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.
Abelia grandiflora is a medium multi-stemmed shrub, generally
reaching a height of 6-10ft and spreading 6ft. The leaves
are reddish green and remain that color throughout the summer
and fall. The plant is evergreen in USDA zones 6b and
southward and deciduous in colder climates, though here the
shrubs will retain some leaves into the winter, turning a darker
red. In spring the shrub sports terminal clusters of
pinkish white blooms made up of small delicately scented tubular
flowers, making it a popular stop for butterflies. Blooms
are followed by tiny berries, tan in color - not very showy, but
food for wildlife. Abelias make excellent borders or
hedges and work very well as container shrubs and the attractive
bark make for winter interest. Many cultivars are
commercially available in varying bloom colors and sizes.
Abelias do best in a well drained loamy soil with a scattering
of leaf mold or peat, though they are very successful in nearly
any garden soil. They can withstand a slightly acidic or
alkaline soil with ease and they are slightly drought
tolerant They prefer a full sun location and will become
leggy and will not bloom well in dense shade, though they can
take partial shade. The shrubs require very little
clipping, though they may benefit from a spring thinning to help
light reach the interior branches.
Propagation is performed by taking cuttings or layering.
Cuttings should be taken in the spring of half ripened
wood. Take 3 inch cuttings of half ripe wood and place
them in sand or sandy soil. Keep the soil moist and cover
them with plastic or glass to keep a moist atmosphere.
Maintain a 70F temperature until rooting (about 4-5
weeks). When well rooted, the cuttings are then potted in
containers or planted in a nursery bed or outdoors, if all
danger of frost has passed.
To layer, take a lower branch of an existing shrub and pull it
down to the ground. Cover the branch with soil and weight
it dow so that it will not pop up. In a few weeks, the
branch should root, then the new cutting can be cut below the
root formation to separate it from the mother plant.
Evergreen shrub with arching branches with lacy foliage
and bell shaped lilac flowers that bloom from early summer
to fall. Perfect for a border or screen
Rounded growth habit. Hardy to 10F (-17/7C);
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Rounded evergreen shrub with yellow lacy foliage and
lilac-pink bell shaped blooms that remain throughout the
summer. Ideal as a screen or border. Hardy to 10F
(-17/7C); height: 6ft.
#A9945 50 Rooted cutting seedlings
Evergreen shrub with a tight compact growth habit.
Clusters of pink and white appear throughout the summer
season. Hardy to 10F (-17/7C); height: 6ft.
#A4958 50 Rooted Cutting seedlings