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A small to medium, rounded shrub with arching stems. The late spring, highly fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers have a pink blush. The dark green, glossy leaves turn a bronze-purple in autumn. It is effective as a low hedge, specimen plant or en masse and on slopes for erosion control.

  • Family (English) Honeysuckle
  • Family (botanic) Caprifoliaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet), Small shrub (3-5 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Dry sites
  • Season of interest late spring, early summer, midsummer, late summer, mid fall
  • Flower color and fragrance Fragrant, Pink, Yellow
  • Shape or form Arching, Round
  • Growth rate Fast

Size & Form:

A multi-stemmed, rounded shrub with arching branches reaching three to six feet high and wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

Hybrid. Cross between Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:

Birds and butterflies are attracted to Glossy abelia.

Bark color and texture:

The bark is fine-textured thin stems that are reddish-purple. Older stems have a thin peeling bark in strips.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

Glossy abelia has opposite, simple, ovate, glossy dark green, leaves that turn to bronzy-purple in the fall.

Flower arrangement size and shape:

On new wood it gets white flowers with pinking flush that are bell-shaped and one to one and half inches long in loose panicles. Glossy abelia is highly fragrant. 

Fruit, cone, nut and seed descriptions:

It gets non-sterile, leathery, one-seeded dry dehiscent fruit.

Plant care:

It grows best in full sun to part shade in moist, organic rich well drained soil Site in a protected area since it can be prone to winter dieback. Prune back dieback in spring.

List of pests and diseases:

There aren’t any serious pest problems.

Pinky Bells® (Abelia x grandiflora ‘Lynn’):

This cultivar gets lavender-pink pendulous flowers. It grows two to three feet high and three to four feet wide.

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