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Glossy Abelia 'Little Richard'

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: Little Richard



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Light Shade




This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

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Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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


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.


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.


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?


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.


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 ... read more


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.