Glossy Abelia - Abelia x grandiflora

 
FAMILY - Caprifoliaceae
CULTURE - Shade to sun
FLOWER - Pinkish-white clusters, blooming through summer; flowers on current spring growth.
FOLIAGE - Leaves opposite, 1 1/2 inches long.
FORM - Spreading, rounded, semi-global form.
FRUIT - Not significant.
GROWTH RATE - Moderate to rapid.
HARDINESS - Grown throughout the state.
MOISTURE - Medium
PRUNING - Can pinch for compactness, also prune oldest stems to the ground; should be pruned in autumn to early spring.
SIZE - Up to 6 feet in height; spreads to 4 feet.
SOIL - Acid to alkaline, well drained.
TEXTURE - Medium to fine.
USE - Informal hedges, borders, foundations mass plantings; space 5 feet apart.
VARIETIES -`Edward Goucher' - cross between A. x grandiflora and A. schumanii; flowers purple-pink `Sherwood' - up to 3 1/2 feet in height.
NOTES - Tolerant of city conditions.