glossy abelia Caprifoliaceae Abelia
xgrandiflora (Rovelli ex André) Rehder [chinensis × uniflora] symbol: ABGR4
Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, margins have a few shallow teeth, shiny dark green above, often tinged in red, paler beneath, turning bronze in the fall.
Flower: Pretty, light pink, tubular, 5 lobes, 3/4 inch long, in clusters of 3 to 5, appearing in late June and continues for most of the summer, sepals are purplish and persist.
Fruit: Small, leathery achene, insignificant.
Twig: Slender, deep red, pubescent when young, buds small.
Bark: Light brown, splitting and exfoliating when older.
Form: Shrub up to 7 feet tall, arching, spreading stems, can be easily shaped.
Looks like: old fashioned weigela - beautybush - Amur honeysuckle - fuzzy deutzia
Additional Range Information: Abelia xgrandiflora is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson