Parent: Abelia x grandiflora
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 2 to 3' tall, 3 to 4' wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Very dense compact form. Green leaves with some lighter new growth and darkening in winter. White flowers with pink calyx (modified leaves directly below the flowers) from summer through autumn. Flowers are fragrant. Deer resistant. Attractive to bees and butterflies.
Seedling selection from Abelia chinense, open pollinated with other cultivars and therefore the exact parentage is unknown. Dr. Dirr's breeding program at UGA, released in 2001. Georgia Gold Medal Plant in 2005.
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Abelops' ('Sunshine Daydream')
- Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'
- 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™)
I purchased one at Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2008 and potted it up until it could be planted in summer 2009 by the golf course with the other Abelias. I bought 3 more at Evergreen in April 2010 and planted them in the front garden. The one by the golf course was sampled by deer on several occasions. The front plants were moved in the autumn to a location closer to the house and have thrived through the first part of the winter. In spring 2012 I moved them again to the front of the turret in the Turret Front Garden.