Glossy Abelia 'Rose Creek'

Abelia x grandiflora

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: Rose Creek



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Dublin, California

Quincy, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Buford, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Germantown, Maryland

Kansas City, Missouri

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gainesville, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

Texarkana, Texas

Glen Allen, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 7, 2015, dsatexas from Gainesville, TX wrote:

My Abelia "Rose Creek" is beautiful! I bought 4 potted ones, full of blooms to hang on my tall hanging stand. All the residents in this senior village love them. The bees and butterflies and birds came the next day and have not stopped coming. I have shade in the morning and both shade and sun after 10:30am. This is my first Abelia, and will not be my last. They are 4 months old, worth every penny, helping Nature, helping residents, definitely putting a smile on my face daily.


On Mar 13, 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 exceptionally long-blooming plant. After the white corolla falls, the dark red sepals remain ornamental and extend the floral display for months.

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.

'Rose Creek' is said to be the most floriferous and longest blooming cultivar of glossy abelia, and pics back thi... read more


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

This is a truly great shrub. It has a rich dark green color, a great texture to combine with many other plants and is very maintenance free.
I have several Rose Creek in part shade. Although they don't bloom much, they are very lush and healthy. Since i didn't buy them for the bloom, i'm happy. This spring I planted several in full sun and they look awful. I check the soil before I water, but they just look like they're burning up.
I love this plant, but don't think they appreciate full Texas sun.


On Sep 29, 2010, driverhndicp from Kansas City, MO wrote:

I bought this shrub on sale around July 4th (2010) and planted it with a prayer. Just this week (Sept. 26) it has become completely covered in the most fragrant pale pink blossoms! It's in a sunny location, moist but well drained. Very compact little bush. Stunning!


On May 14, 2010, larry1948 from Winchester, KY wrote:

I bought a few from Arbor Day this year. They are very healthy so far and have a beautiful white bloom.


On Jul 20, 2007, gardengoddess1 from Winter Park, FL wrote:

Mine has just started to bloom....its July 20th, so mabey yours is by now hopefully!


On Jun 24, 2007, Mien from Germantown, MD wrote:

Planted last year in August in sunny location in Maryland.

Did survive winter, but so far has not shown any flowers.

Am I doing something wrong?

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