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PlantFiles: Glossy Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'

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: Canyon Creek

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Good Fall Color

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

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gram_pat On May 26, 2014, gram_pat from Benton, LA wrote:

I love the colors on these in the cooler months -- they're a beautiful mix of gold, bronze and green. As it heats up, they turn a more uniform green, but by then, there is plenty of other color in the garden, so it's not a big deal.

When I first planted these two years ago they looked a little chaotic and I wasn't sure I'd made a good choice. There were random canes sticking way up out of the shrubs. It took all the willpower I have to stop myself from pruning them back. I planted 5 in the foundation border on the side that gets morning sun only, and 5 on the side that gets full hot sun almost all day long.

The ones in morning sun are fabulous. The canes have filled in and arch very gracefully, the shrubs are full, the color is beautiful and they're a good 4-5 feet tall.

The ones in full sun are struggling. They're still very small, the foliage is sparse and some of the branches have died. I've had to replace one shrub that completely died. It does get really hot in my Zone 8 garden -- many summer days in the 100s -- and this full sun bed is the hottest bed in my garden, so sometimes a plant has to be a real warrior to survive there. I have lorapetalums planted in this bed with these abelias, and the lorapetalums are struggling, too.

Positive coriaceous On May 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Here in Boston Z6a, Abelia x grandiflora is usually fully cane-hardy, and sometimes evergreen, but it is occasionally killed back to the ground after an exceptionally hard winter. However, it grows back quickly, like a buddleia, and blooms all summer as usual, as it blooms on new growth.

This is an exceptional landscape plant, not planted here nearly as often as it deserves. Tough and adaptable, it will tolerate some shade. The purple/red tones in the glossy foliage make it especially valuable.

Positive WJStickel On Oct 7, 2013, WJStickel from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

I have this plant both in ground and in a large pot and both survive well through winter and are easily maintained throughout year.

Positive cheesehead118 On Oct 9, 2008, cheesehead118 from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Excellent plant for many situations. The copper tones on the leaves are nice to look at. It is definitely a 4 seasons plant. Relatively compact growth. Looks good if untrimmed. Very low maintenance.

Positive Decumbent On Nov 5, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although I am a big fan of Abelia x grandiflora of any cultivar or form, "Canyon Creek" is a terrific improvement over the so-called species or the common "Edward Goucher." The foliage is much finer, the form more compact, and the flowering just as--if not more--effective. Additionally, "Canyon Creek" has a more discernable and very sweet fragrance.

Although seldom, if ever, noted in gardening references, Abelia x grandiflora is a profoundly tough garden plant, able to withstand full-sun or full-shade with little to no irrigation and still bloom for nearly the entire summer.


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

Decatur, Georgia
Pembroke, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Benton, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Springfield, Missouri
Durham, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)
Arlington, Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

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