Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard'

Little Richard Abelia

Winter foliage

Winter foliage


Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

Parent: Abelia x grandiflora

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9 Hardy to -10F

Size: 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Glossy dark green foliage and white flowers. Some orange/pink autumn color. Stiffer appearance than the more prostrate cultivars.


Found as a sport of A. x grandiflora 'Sherwoodii'. Selected by R Currin in Willow Springs, NC.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon at Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2009 and planted it along the golf course with the other Abelias. Definitely a much darker green leaf and my plant is quite upright. Some deer sampling on occasion.

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