Parent: Abelia x grandiflora
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 6 to 7' tall and wide at 6 years of age
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
New growth is bright orange and gold changing to bright green and then bronze in winter. Light pink flowers with a darker pink calyx. Dense branching, some wayward branches can easily be pruned out to maintain shape. Deer resistant, good for bees and butterflies.
Seedling selection from Abelia chinensis open pollinated with other cultivars and therefore the exact parentage is unknown. Dr. Dirr's breeding program at UGA, released in 2002. Georgia Gold Medal Plant in 2005.
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Abelops' ('Sunshine Daydream')
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Conti' (Confetti®)
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Flat Creek'
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Gretol' (Twist of Lime™)
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Hopleys'
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard'
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Margarita'
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Minipan' (Golden Anniversary™)
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Panache' (Silver Anniversary™)
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Rose Creek'
I purchased a 1-gallon plant in August 2009 from Nurseries Caroliniana and planted it near the golf course with the other Abelias. Not a lot of growth over the first year but intense yellow/orange color on the leaves. Some browsing by deer but maybe they were just sampling and deciding they did not like it.