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PlantFiles: Glossy Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelia (a-BEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: x grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kaleidoscope
Additional cultivar information: (PP16988)
Hybridized by R. Lindsey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Garden4Critters On Oct 31, 2014, Garden4Critters from Lorton, VA wrote:

I have one in the ground and one in a pot. Both have survived. The one in the pot was planted is about 2 years old now and overwintered outside. The one in the ground had been bought last fall but we didn't plant it until this spring (had been mulched in over the winter against a tall fence). This spring both looked pretty worse for wear. Thought they were gonners but plants tend to surprise you so I watered and let them be and sure enough they leafed out and flowered. I did have some dead branches and ended up trimming them out.

Neutral pvynchggrs On Sep 27, 2011, pvynchggrs from Eldersburg, MD wrote:

Does not grow in northern Maryland either. All 7 of my plants died to the ground in winter. About half of them came back in the spring for 2 years straight (before I got rid of them) but were never more than tiny little plants, 6"x6" at most.

Positive dirtgirl74 On Mar 16, 2010, dirtgirl74 from Glen Allen, VA wrote:

Rooted from Fall cuttings wonderfully!

Negative stormyla On Jun 22, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted 2 of these last fall and neither survived the winter. The zone rating may be wrong.

Positive jamie68 On Sep 19, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

What a wonderful shrub!! Yellow, chartruse, maroon, pink and green flower buds w/ white flowers....I love this lovely shrub!!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Semmes, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Ceres, California
Fresno, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California
Oldsmar, Florida
Thomson, Georgia
Paulina, Louisiana
Dickerson, Maryland
Grasonville, Maryland
Monkton, Maryland
Arden, North Carolina
Beaufort, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Locust, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (3 reports)
Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Bristol, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Chesapeake, Virginia
Glen Allen, Virginia
Lorton, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Waynesboro, Virginia
Kirkland, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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