Abelia × grandiora (Glossy Abelia) is a medium-sized, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub with gracefully arching branches, densely clothed with small glossy oval, dark green leaves and clusters of pink-tinged, white, bell-shaped owers. Slightly fragrant, the blooms are produced continuously cover a long period extending from late spring to fall. The foliage turn purplish-bronze in the fall. The plant grows up to 3-6 ft. tall and wide (90-180 cm)
As this shrub is semi-evergreen, it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.
Abelia grandiflora 'Sherwood' is an easy to grow plant. The glossy abelia plant grows in a variety of soil types, but responds best to a fertile soil amended with organic material , in full sun to part shade. Best flowering is in full sun.
When growing Abelia grandiflora, leave room for the plant to spread to 6 feet and reach 6 to 10 feet in height. The habit of the glossy abelia plant is to spread.
Plant blooms on new wood, so prune as needed in late winter to early spring. May need hard pruning every 3 to 4 years.
Specimen or grouping or mass for shrub borders or foundations. Also effective as an informal hedge or low screen.
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