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PlantFiles: Glossy Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard'

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: Little Richard

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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 leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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10 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kabona On Apr 19, 2014, kabona from Springfield, NJ wrote:

I have 2 varieties of this plant. One large one was in the garden when we bought the house in 1990. I loved the red stems, the fact that it bloomed all summer, and it's always buzzing with pollinators, so I bought 'Little Ricard' in 2005 (now 4 feet tall). They are both tough as nails, but when sheared, they send up errant growth. One or two trimmings during the season will keep them looking tidy. I have tried letting them attain their natural height, just thinning old wood from the base, but then the plants looked messy, as if the stems did't all grow at the same rate.

Positive tacm On Jul 1, 2012, tacm from Mansfield, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Neutral atcps On Aug 9, 2011, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

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.

Neutral mijleaf On May 26, 2011, mijleaf wrote:

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.

Neutral char35 On Mar 30, 2010, char35 from Katy, TX wrote:

I'm interested in planting an Rose Creek Abilia in a partial sun area (late PM sun only). I'm in Houston. Would a get much blooom? Would it thrive in those conditions?

Positive bohnnco On Oct 4, 2009, bohnnco from Houston, TX wrote:

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.

Positive gonedutch 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.

Positive icmoxie 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.

Positive Decumbent 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.

Positive stressbaby On Aug 6, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

This is one of my favorite shrubs. It is long-blooming, easy to propagate, and underused here in zone 5b/6a. I use it as a foundation shrub. It takes pruning well.

Positive crowellli 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!

Positive arkiedee On Mar 3, 2003, arkiedee from Mabelvale, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

This shrub kept on keeping on through one of our hottest and most humid summers. Fast grower, and covered with blooms the very first year.

Positive philomel On Sep 16, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

The flowers have a honey scent that fills the air nearby.
The type has white flowers, but there are clones with pink shading.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 28, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Flowers all summer long. Flowers are small and trumpet-shaped. It prefers regular watering and well-drained soil.

Neutral louisa On Apr 24, 2001, louisa from Troy, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Abelia x grandiflora
BOTANICAL NAME: Abelia x grandiflora
COMMON NAME: Glossy Abelia
FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae
SIZE: 3 - 6'
HARDINESS: Zone 6 - 9.
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
Brooker, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Douglas, Georgia
Fayetteville, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hanson, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Madison, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi
Fulton, Missouri
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Coram, New York
Fairport, New York
Burlington, North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Clemmons, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Woodlawn, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Alice, Texas
Cypress, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Katy, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Bellingham, Washington
Sammamish, Washington

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