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Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora and others

Family: Caprifoliaceae

It is sometimes clipped in an attempt to form a dense hedge or ball shapes, but the natural habit of long arching stems on the larger forms don't really lend themselves to this treatment. try to plant where you can allow it do develop its natural shape, selectively thin the bush by cutting out old canes near the base from time to time as necessary to maintain vigour and maintain a clean, attractive form.

Abelia x grandiflora originated from a cross between Abelia chinensis with A. uniflora around the turn of the 20th century. Since then a number of selections with coloured foliage or dwarf habit have been introduced into horticulture. Cultivars widely available in Queensland include:

Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason' - yellow and green variegated foliage

Abelia x grandiflora 'Nana' - a dwarf form with green foliage

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' - A relatively recent introduction which is becoming very popular. It has dwarf habit with colorful variegated foliage that varies through the seasons. It arose as a sport of Abelia 'Little Richard' in the US.


Abelia schumannii

Abelia schumannii, with pink flowers, is sometimes offered for sale in Queensland, but the lack of widespread cultivation suggests it is not well adapted to the subtropics



Where to buy Abelia

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A number of Abelia varieties are generally available in Queensland garden centres.

More Online Information


The following are for general information, research and ideas. Some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia.
Abelia grandiflora Glossy abelia. Arid Plant List, University of Arizona
Glossy Abelia Stands the Test of Time Marie Harrison, Leon County Extension, University of Florida, USA
Glossy Abelia Deserves Appreciation, Attention Office of Agricultural Communications Mississippi State University, USA
Abelia Parker County Master Gardener Association, Texas (PDF)
Pruning Tips, Abelias & Spireas by Cass Turnbull at PlantAmnesty
Proper Pruning Techniques Texas A&M University
Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) University of Arkansas
Abelia x grandiflora Landscape Plant Fact Sheets, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Abelia grandiflora National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, U.K.
Abelia x grandiflora Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida
Abelia x grandiflora (Glossy Abelia) Butterfly Rainforest Plant List, Florida Museum of Natural History
Abelia grandiflora Rooting Database, University of California, Davis
Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' Website devoted to promoting this cultivar
Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' In: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter, Summer 2007 - Volume 11, Number 1. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University
Abelia x grandiflora 'Sherwoodii' Landscape Plant Fact Sheets, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' Landscape Plant Fact Sheets, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' Butterfly Rainforest Plant List, Florida Museum of Natural History
Abelia chinensis Butterfly Rainforest Plant List, Florida Museum of Natural History
Indian Abelia (Abelia triflora) at Flowers of India


Clipped Abelias in commercial landscapes. Note cane-like branches emerging from the base. (Sunnybank, March 2014)


Abelia growing in a very tough spot on a footpath (as indicated by the condition of the surrounding grass it's competing with). The abelia is not in great condition, but it survives. (Brisbane, September 2013)
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