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PlantFiles: Glossy Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

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: Edward Goucher

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

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

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive akacrystal On Jun 22, 2010, akacrystal from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I have a huge love for natural butterfly gardens. I love the Edward Goucher! The leaves add a more formal texture to the garden but the branches pretty arches keep the shrub from looking stuffy. The flowers are quite pretty and go well with deep purple flowers. We are a zone 8 so this lovely shrub is very pretty and proud in the winter. If you have a corner bed that gets at least 5 or 6 hours of morning sun, give Ed here a chance to be the back drop of your brighter flowers. He will not disappoint.

Positive stephen_pace On Apr 22, 2006, stephen_pace from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I really love this, especially the smell (fragrant, but not overpowering). You have to keep it pruned to look nice, but it isn't difficult to keep it under control.

Positive Chuck1260 On Mar 28, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

This is a great plant if left natural instead lollipoped. It can be pruned severely and will respond with beautiful arching shoots and pink flowers. Unpruned it has a native look and can be grown successfully with them. It is more water efficient than generally believed and is not fussy about soil. This plant has great potential if people would stop trying to make into a hedge.

Positive philomel On Sep 25, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this shrub, with its pleasing combination of flower and leaf colour.
As with all Abelias, it throws out long new growth and can look untidy. I have never tried the cutting to the ground technique described by mystic above, but find that the plant fills in the gaps the following year. It will certainly take hard pruning - as witnessed by the many neatly cropped hedges around here in SW France - but can be left to build into an expansive shrub if preferred.
The scent is lovely and the plant attracts many bees and other insects.

Neutral smiln32 On May 19, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

It can be used as a shrubby border or as a screen. The glossy 1/2 to 3/4 inch long leaves clothe arching branches, foliage is bronze tinged when young.

Neutral koimiss On Jun 30, 2003, koimiss from Allegan, MI wrote:

I planted this plant two years ago in my garden. The first year it was beautiful. Second, Very nice, But it had some really heavy big shoots that went straight up. The rest of the bush was arching and symetrical. I pruned those big shoots out. This year, most of the plant is dead. There is new growth down at the bottom, and some out on the ends of some of the branches. I saw on this site that it was at best a zone 7b. I am a zone 5. That is what it says on my information that came with the plant. Could my plant just be suffering from the winter? I love this little shrub, and would like to see it make it.

Neutral mystic On Jan 20, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Blooms on new wood, so prune to the ground in late winter or early spring.This is a hybrid crossed between A. x grandiflora and A. shumannii introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Neutral Trish On Jul 29, 2002, Trish from Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Semi-evergreen foliage. Pale pink flowers continuously from summer to autumn. It does not like a harsh winter, so shelter it from cold winds, and remove any branches damaged by frost. Water abundantly in summer.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Smiths, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Arroyo Grande, California
Stockton, California
Havana, Florida
Saint Joseph, Louisiana
Takoma Park, Maryland
Columbus, Mississippi
Middlesex, New Jersey
Durham, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Manning, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Arp, Texas
Austin, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)
Sugar Land, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kirkland, Washington
Lyle, Washington

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