Botanical Name: Abelia X grandiflora
Common Name: Glossy Abelia  
Plant photo of: Abelia X grandiflora
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Bronze, Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Lot


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Greg Applegate/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

Abelia X grandiflora is a semi-evergreen shrub of medium size. It has small, white, fragrant flowers that bloom from spring through the fall season. Bracts add a bronzy tint to the flowers. Abelia makes a good sheared hedge or screen. When unsheared, it is naturally arching.
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