Abelia x grandiflora (Rovelli ex Andre) Rehder

Glossy Abelia

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Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 3 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Semi-evergreen. Dense mounding shrub but with splayed branches that can become leggy. Some autumn color. Flowers on new growth and can be pruned heavily to maintain shape. Flowers will last through autumn.


Francis Mason - to 4.5' tall, light pink flowers, golden variegated foliage, arching branches, one of the older variegated cultivars (from Mason's Nurseries, New Zealand, 1950s)

John Creech - tall end of the range, white flowers with pink tint, dark green leaves

Gold Spot (Gold Sport, Gold Strike, Aurea, Golden Glow) - golden leaves or gold variegated, all very similar cultivars

Sunrise - NC State Arboretum, Raleigh, 1998, deep green leaves edged with gold, turning cream and green on older leaves, orange-red autumn color, sport of Francis Mason.


Hybrid between Abelia chinensis and Abelia uniflora (both native to China) first introduced in Italy in 1866.

First published as A. x grandiflora in Cycl. Amer. Hort. (L.H.Bailey) 1: 1 in 1900. Basionym is Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora Rovelli ex Andre.

'Grandiflora' means large-flowered.

The status of this name Abelia x grandiflora is unresolved - it is considered unplaced which means that a resolution has been sought but no conclusion reached - often because the source data has insufficient description and no herbarium species are known. (PlantList)


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