Abelia x grandiflora
Abelia x grandiflora is a shrub.
Abelia x grandiflora is a species in the genus Abelia which contains approximately 39 to 45 species and belongs to the family of the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family). The type species of the genus is Abelia chinensis.
The comparatively fast-growing shrubs reach heights of 1,8 to 3 metres, they have a semi-erect habit and produce multiple stems. The main growing season is in spring and summer. The plants reach a width of 1 to 1.5 metres.
Wood and Bark
Abelia x grandiflora is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate and petiolate with entire margins and arcuate venation. The foliage is dense and turns an attractive dark red in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Abelia x grandiflora produces panicles of showy, white funnel-shaped flowers from July to October. The plants are hermaphroditic, pollination takes places by allogamy through animals.
The shrubs produce ornamental brown drupes from summer to autumn.
Abelia x grandiflora is native to : garden origin.
The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. They prefer sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 5,7 and 7. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -12Â°C (USDA zone 8) and need a frost-free period of at least 21 weeks.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: anaerobic soil
- low: soil salinity
- medium: drought, calcareous soil
The ornamental value of Abelia x grandiflora lies especially in the attractive autumn aspect and its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 1,5 to 1,8 metres. Suited for hedges.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Propagate by cuttings.
Pests and Diseases
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