Abelia x grandiflora
Glossy abelia is an attractive small to medium size evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub. Unpruned, glossy abelia forms an upright rounded crown of fine textured dark glossy green foliage, but can be readily sheared to other forms. In addition to the handsome foliage, glossy abelia flowers from spring to frost. Individual trumpet-shaped flowers are only 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long, but are borne in profusion.
Plant Habit or Use:
Small shrub, medium shrub, topiary
sun, partial sun
Pale pink fading to white
Spring, summer, fall
Tiny papery achene, interesting but not particularly ornamental
4 ft to 6 ft (8 ft)
3 ft to 5 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
6, 7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Adapts to a wide range of sites but needs drainage and some moisture throughout the year. Tends to be semi-evergreen in USDA zones 7a and 6b; acting as a herbaceous perennial in 6a Good plant for the lower Panhandle and High Plains. Benefits from afternoon shade in much of the Texas. Performance in central and west Texas seldom matches that in the eastern portions of the state.