Abelia x grandiflora 'Abelops' ('Sunshine Daydream')

Sunshine Daydream Abelia

Spring foliage

Spring foliage


Patents: PP#20961

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Abelia

Parent: Abelia x grandiflora

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Compact mound, spreading but dense. White flowers in spring turning pink. Variegated foliage with white, yellow and green and some reddish edging. Purple stems.


From patent application (inventor Ronnie Van Opstal, Zundert, Netherlands):

The new Abelia cultivar is a naturally-occurring sport of Abelia × grandiflora 'Little Richard', not patented, characterized by its non-variegated foliage and spreading to broadly upright, moderately vigorous growth habit. The new cultivar was discovered as a branch mutation and selected during May 2007 in a controlled outdoor nursery environment in Zundart, The Netherlands.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon at Laymans sale in September 2010 and planted it near the golf course, close to the other Abelias.

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