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PlantFiles: Variegated Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise'

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: Sunrise
Additional cultivar information: (PP09698)
Hybridized by Morales-martinez/Mccracken; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1995

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jamie68 On Jul 14, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Really pretty fall colors....reds, and purples of many shades. Also a profuse summer bloomer!

Positive philomel On Nov 5, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very bright and lively effect, with reddish stems adding to the colour scheme. This shrub has a long flowering period with scented flowers that are attractive to bees, hoverflies and other insects.

Positive sweezel On May 17, 2004, sweezel from McKinney, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a yellow and green variegated Abelia. Newer leaves have bright yellow margins and deep blue-green centers with a hint of pink throughout the leaf. The bright yellow margin becomes a creamy yellow as the leaf matures.

This cultivar also is more compact than other cultivars and has more of a spreading habit. My fairly new bushes are almost twice as wide as they are tall.


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

Lakewood, California
San Leandro, California
Hood River, Oregon
Mc Kinney, Texas
Bellevue, Washington

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