Abelia x grandiflora ‘Sunrise’

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Native to: Origin Unknown


Type: shrub

Forms: arching, dense form, erect, open form

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 5.5 feet

Max width: 6.6 feet


white/off white


green, light, secondary color present

new growth distinct


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: part shade, sun

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 drought tolerant shrub that attracts bees - they love this plant. Need plants for shelter? You can use this one. Mature plants provide a favorable setting for birds to nest and for birds to use as shelter.

Two butterflies are known to feed on Abelia - Western Tiger swallowtail and the Gold Banded-Skipper. Other butterflies have been observed feeding on them as Abelia is listed as a generic nectar plant for butterflies. Abelia x grandiflora is a "host" plant for a truly lovely moth that may also use this cultivar as a host plant. The moth, hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, is active during the day. Hummingbird clearwing occupies a broad range in the United States. Its habitat includes cultivated gardens as well as meadows and second-growth forests. Report your wildlife sighting to us and we will include it here!

Abelia grandiflora Sunrise, a variegated evergreen shrub, is hardy in Zone 7, Zone 8, and Zone 9. It can be used as an accent plant or as a privacy border. This cultivar is distinct from x grandiflora - it has lighter, two-tone variegated foliage and is a bit smaller overall.