Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

conference.cnps.org

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Native to: China

Plant

Type: shrub

Forms: arching, erect, open form

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 5.5 feet

Max width: 5.25 feet

Flower

pink, secondary color present, violet

Leaf

green, secondary color present

new growth distinct

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, hummingbird, specific butterfly species

Plant part consumed by birds: nectar

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: part shade, sun

Landscape uses: deer resistant, hedge or edging

Propagates by: cutting

flowers in fall

flowers in summer

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: 0 to +30 °F

Water: drought tolerant, regular

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Abelia is a very long lived shrub. It is a good plant for backyard birds and can be used in a bird-friendly garden. This Abelia can be used as a border, to attract and feed bees who feed on the nectar and gather pollen, and can be used as a plant shelter for birds or as a bird nesting plant. Butterflies also feed on the nectar.
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’ is an evergreen shrub, is a bit shorter than Abelia x grandiflora, but otherwise similar in hardiness and habit. Once established it will thrive with very little maintenance. It responds well to trimming and can be grown to retain an arching branch form or trimmed more severely. Left on its on it creates a semi-open form - more open than a confer while denser than most perennials. The relative openness of the form is what makes it both a good privacy screen and good nesting and shelter habitat. It can be used as an accent plant or as a privacy border. Occasional trimming will help maintain its use as a privacy border.
Edward Goucher is hardy in Zone 7, Zone 8, and Zone 9.