glossy abelia Caprifoliaceae Abelia xgrandiflora
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.