Glossy Abelia - 'Abelia x grandiflora'Glossy Abelia is a hybrid Abelia produced by hybridising Abelia chinensis with Abelia uniflora. As a deciduous or semi-evergreen multi-stemmed shrub with rounded, spreading, and sometimes gracefully arching branches, Glossy Abelia produces flowers in clusters that are white, tinged pink, and bell-shaped. Blooming from late summer to well into the autumn, it is often used for blank cover, massing, or small privacy hedge screens further south. Glossy Abelia was first raised in 1886 at the Rovelli nursery at Pallanza (now Verbania), Italy. Oddly enough it can only be propagated by cutting.
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||Deciduous Flowering Shrub|
||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
||Leaves are opposite, simple, ovate, 1/2 to 2 inches long and half as wide, acute, rounded or cuneate at base, dentate, and lustrous dark green above turning to bronze-red in winter. Leaves tend to hold late into fall or early winter.|
||3 to 6 feet; usually at the low end of the range in northern areas with.|
||Zone 6 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||Often a spreading, dense, rounded, multi-stemmed shrub with arching branches; in the north it is often killed back to the ground or snow line and quickly grows back into a rather dense small shrub; at times somewhat loose in outline.|
||Medium to fast.|
||White-flushed pink, funnel-shaped, 3/4 inches long and wide, throat 5-lobed, slightly fragrant, 2 to 5 together in leafy panicles at end of lateral branches, 3/4 inch long sepals develop a purplish tinge and persist for months; May-June through frost; flowers on new growth of season; usually profuse, prolific flowering plant but does not produce an overwhelming display like Forsythia.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||None serious but leaf spots, mildew and root rots have been reported.|
||Excellent for textural effects, handsome in flower, often used as a blank cover, mass or facing plant; used as a hedge in southern areas; combines well with broadleaf evergreens.|
||Easily grown, transplant balled and burlapped or from containers; prefers well-drained, moist, acid soil.|
||Water regularly after initial planting. Prune shape as desired in early Spring and Winter.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the shrub 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established shrub.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.