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Abelia x grandiflora

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Native to: China

Plant

Type: shrub

Forms: arching, erect, open form

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 6.5 feet

Max width: 6.5 feet

Flower

pink, white/off white

Leaf

green

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

  • Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia is a long lived shrub that is also a drought tolerant shrub - it can thrive for fifty years or more. It is a good plant for backyard birds and is useful in a bird-friendly garden. This Abelia can be used as a border, a screen, and to attract and feed wildlife. Bees feed on the nectar and gather pollen, birds use this as a plant shelter for birds or a bird nesting plant, a butterflies feed on the nectar.

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 is a "host" plant for a truly lovely moth, active during the day, named the hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe. 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 x grandiflora is a relatively hardy evergreen shrub that grows to 6 1/2 feet tall on average, but can grow to nearly 8 feet tall. Once established it thrives with very little maintenance. It responds well to trimming and can be grown to retain an arching branch form or trimmed more severely with a mechanical pruner to make it into a wall. 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.

Abelia x grandiflora is hardy in Zone 7, Zone 8, and Zone 9. It is larger than the other cultivars.