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Glossy Abelia 'Canyon 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: Canyon 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


36-48 in. (90-120 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:


Citra, Florida

Decatur, Georgia

Pembroke, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Benton, Louisiana

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Springfield, Missouri

Durham, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Spring, Texas (2 reports)

Arlington, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 26, 2014, gram_pat from Benton, LA wrote:

I love the colors on these in the cooler months -- they're a beautiful mix of gold, bronze and green. As it heats up, they turn a more uniform green, but by then, there is plenty of other color in the garden, so it's not a big deal.

When I first planted these two years ago they looked a little chaotic and I wasn't sure I'd made a good choice. There were random canes sticking way up out of the shrubs. It took all the willpower I have to stop myself from pruning them back. I planted 5 in the foundation border on the side that gets morning sun only, and 5 on the side that gets full hot sun almost all day long.

The ones in morning sun are fabulous. The canes have filled in and arch very gracefully, the shrubs are full, the color is beautiful and they're a good 4-... read more


On May 25, 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 exceptional landscape plant, not planted here nearly as often as it deserves. Tough and adaptable, it will tolerate some shade. New foliage is yellow with a bronze tinge, fading through chartreuse eventually to green. Blooms for many months till hard frost.

US PP # US 20140283248 P1 Also US PP 25305

The cultivar name is 'PIIAB-II'.


On Oct 7, 2013, WJStickel from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

I have this plant both in ground and in a large pot and both survive well through winter and are easily maintained throughout year.


On Oct 9, 2008, cheesehead118 from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Excellent plant for many situations. The copper tones on the leaves are nice to look at. It is definitely a 4 seasons plant. Relatively compact growth. Looks good if untrimmed. Very low maintenance.


On Nov 5, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although I am a big fan of Abelia x grandiflora of any cultivar or form, "Canyon Creek" is a terrific improvement over the so-called species or the common "Edward Goucher." The foliage is much finer, the form more compact, and the flowering just as--if not more--effective. Additionally, "Canyon Creek" has a more discernable and very sweet fragrance.

Although seldom, if ever, noted in gardening references, Abelia x grandiflora is a profoundly tough garden plant, able to withstand full-sun or full-shade with little to no irrigation and still bloom for nearly the entire summer.