Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'

Canyon Creek Abelia




Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

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.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

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.

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