Hardiness: 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)
I've had this dwarf abelia growing in my Zone 6 garden for more than five years and it has never bloomed. It is planted in a foundation bed on the east side of my home (it gets about 3 hours of sun if it's lucky due to trees on the east side). Despite it having never bloomed it is a great little shrub with a nice form and fine foliage but I think I'll be moving it to a new spot and hope for a bloom next year. It has been disappointing it has not bloomed.
Abelia grandiflora 'Little Richard' appears on the "Regional" list as growing in Bellingham & Issaquah WA. I live in Seattle WA & would like to know where these gardeners found this plant. No nursery in my area has it - grown by Monrovia in Georgia & too costly to ship west. Question its hardiness if Georgia-grown, too.
The "Little Richard" abelia does not show up as much in the native garden centers here in Houston but it is a great small shrub. I planted 4 in June of the 2009 summer, which was one of the hottest, driest summers I have seen in this area. The 3 in full sun were not happy but with the rains and cooler weather they are filling out very nicely and covered in flowers. I would say they are somewhat thirsty in full sun until well established. Skipppers seem to like them.
On Jun 3, 2008, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:
The grower told me that my Abelia x grandiflora prefers zone 7 and warmer. In my zone 6 area I planted in a protected area on the south side of the heated garden house and kept my fingers crossed. After surviving two, rather mild, winters it provided a spectacular floral show this spring. The bowing branches are like a fireworks display of whitish-pink florets (see my image). And the Jasmin-like fragrance permeates the entire garden, along with the nutmeg-like scent of a nearby blooming Fringe Tree.
It also holds up well as a cut flower but suggest that you cut the branch back to the stem to retain the plant's natural form.
On Sep 21, 2007, icmoxie from San Diego, CA wrote:
Here in San Diego (92124) I have a decorative low hedge of abelia which I estimate to be about 30 years old. I've almost neglected it for the last 15 of those years.
It's in a well drained, low terraced wall, situated next to the sidewalk on the north side of the house. It has some early morning and late evening sun.
It flowers all year - the flowers are small, but there are enough of them to be showy. I'm often asked what it is as there appear to be no others in the neighborhood. The flowers attract the smaller 'gentle' bees. Leaves (leaflets?) are very small, bronze-dark green-purple, attractive.
I shear it about three times a year to keep it at 2' or so. It's a dense hedge this way.
I'm about 20% successful propagating it from semi-hardwood cuttings with rooting compound, in potting soil. Slow though.
I'm planning to use the cuttings on a 1:2 east facing slope and letting it grow much taller.
On Nov 5, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a shrub for any terrible gardening location. It does fine in full hot sun, but I also have one growing on the north side of the house beneath a sugar maple. It almost never receives irrigation, and yet it thrives. Blooms almost all summer.
After several years Abelia might grow a little large and straggly, but a good hard pruning to 12" or so makes things right all over again.
Despite its toughness, its long bloom time, its general good looks, and its fragrance, Abelia x grandiflora is not terribly common. Really should be used more.
On Jul 13, 2006, crowellli from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
This is one of the most carefree flowing shrubs I've ever grown. They are truly indestructable. No pest or disease problems and have a very long bloom season here in Houston. As I read in one garden book, one was accidentally "pruned" by a pickup truck and came back with no trouble. My kind of plant!
On Apr 24, 2001, louisa from Troy, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Abelia x grandiflora
BOTANICAL NAME: Abelia x grandiflora
COMMON NAME: Glossy Abelia
SIZE: 3 - 6'
HARDINESS: Zone 6 - 9.
LANDSCAPE USE: hedge
FOLIAGE: (whorled) fall color
I grew this fast growing shrub in a sunny location in good, well draining soil. (zone 7). It stays evergreen unless the winter is colder than normal. It can be used as a large specimen shrub or for hedging. The leaves are small and the flowers small pale pink. There are smaller cultivars.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Belleville, Arkansas San Diego, California Seaford, Delaware Alachua, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Brooker, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Pretty Bayou, Florida Quincy, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Douglas, Georgia Fayetteville, Georgia Warren Park, Indiana Hanson, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Wellfleet, Massachusetts Learned, Mississippi Madison, Mississippi Fulton, Missouri Mystic Island, New Jersey South Plainfield, New Jersey Coram, New York Fairport, New York Burlington, North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina Clemmons, North Carolina Mount Carmel, Ohio Salem, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Schwenksville, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Woodlawn, Tennessee Abilene, Texas Alice, Texas Cypress, Texas Garland, Texas Georgetown, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) Katy, Texas Mckinney, Texas Richland Hills, Texas Bellingham, Washington Sammamish, Washington