Parent: Abelia x grandiflora
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 2 to 3' tall, 3 to 6' wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Green and white/cream variegation with some reddening in winter. Stems also redden in winter. White to pale pink flowers. Dense, spreading shrub forming compact mound. Semi-evergreen. As Dirr says, one must be "vigilant" about reversions.
From patent application (inventor James T. Gwaltney, Theodore, AL (Flowerwood Nursery)):
This new variety of Abelia × grandiflora was found as a sport of Abelia × grandiflora 'Sherwoodi' maintained in the Flowerwood Nursery at Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, Ala. The sport was found in August, 1987.
Southern Living Plant Collection.
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Abelops' ('Sunshine Daydream')
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'
- 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 at Nurseries Caroliniana in 2008 and kept it in a 3-gallon container until planting along the golf course with the other Abelias in summer 2009. Removed a couple of minor reversions in 2010.