Abelia × grandiflora The Flowers of the Plant
Abelia × grandiflora The Flowers of the Plant

Glossy Abelia (Abelia × grandiflora)

The Glossy Abelia is one of the most remarkable ornamental plants which is used by both the flower lovers and the gardening and landscape architecture professionals. And not unfair. It has attractive and abundant flowering, it has an interesting shape and is extremely durable.

In the following article, Glossy Abelia explains in detail the reasons that have made her, without much effort on her part, in one of the most popular plants for gardens and containers – it is meant not shipping containers.

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Glossy Abelia

Glossy Abelia - Abelia × grandiflora Shrub in Full Bloom
Abelia × grandiflora Shrub in Full Bloom

Glossy Abelia (Abelia × grandiflora)

Glossy Abelia - The Abelia × grandiflora Lanceolate Leaves
The Abelia × grandiflora Lanceolate Leaves
Glossy Abelia - Abelia × grandiflora Hedge
Abelia × grandiflora Hedge

Glossy Abelia (Abelia × grandiflora) - Brief Description

Scientific name

Abelia grandiflora (Rovelli ex André) 

Common name

Glossy Abelia

General characteristics

Type of foliage: Evergreen, semi-evergreen

Form: Medium-small shrub, crown shape round with symmetrical canopy

Texture: Fine

Height: 2-2.5 m (6-8 ft)

Diameter: 2-2.5 m (6-8 ft)

Growth rate: Moderate

Flowering period: April to October

Fruiting period: Spring-Summer-Autumn

Shapes and colours

Bark: Reddish gray-brown

Leaves shape: Lanceolate

Foliage colour: Glossy dark green

Foliage colour in autumn: Dark red

Flowers shape: Tubular

Flowers colour: White to pinkish

Fruit: Oval, black, of no significant ornamentally value


Soil type: Clay, loam, sand, slightly acidic to neutral and well-drained

Exposure: Sun, semi-shade

Soil pH: 6-7

Watering: Medium

Hardiness: -23 °C (-10 °F – USDA Hardiness zone 6a)


Specimen, hedges, mixed hedges, mass planting, container

Glossy Abelia (Abelia × grandiflora)

Glossy Abelia - Flowers and Leaves of Abelia × grandiflora
Flowers and Leaves of Abelia × grandiflora
Glossy Abelia - Flowers of Abelia × grandiflora
Flowers of Abelia × grandiflora

Glossy Abelia (Abelia × grandiflora) - General Notes

  1. Genus name of the Abelia was given in honor of the British physician and author Clarke Abel (1780 – 1826). Dr. Clarke Abel was a member of the diplomatic mission under Ambassador Lord Amherst in China in 1816 as a surgeon. Naturalist as he colected seeds and plants, but they never arrived in Great Britain because the ship that transported them wrecked.
  2. Glossy Abelia came from the crossing of Abelia chinensis with Abelia uniflora, which took place in an Italian nursery, not so far in 1886.
  3. Medium to large shrub, the Glossy Abelia is a multistemmed plant that reaches its final dimensions – if grown without human interference – after 10 to 20 years.
  4. Characteristic of the plant, is the reddish color of its young stems – which have a slightly arched shape, but also its young leaves.
  5. If the Glossy Abelia is planted in areas with mild winter, retain its foliage, which becomes reddish brown. If instead it is planted in areas with heavy winter it throws all of its leaves, sometimes it happens to destroy the whole over-ground part of the plant but in the spring sends out new shoots.
  6. Blooming is abundant, especially if the Glossy Abelia is planted in sunny places, slightly fragrant and long-lasting.
  7. Glossy Abelia grows in fertile sandy-loam soils that retain the necessary moisture but also drain well. Adult plants show satisfactory drought resistance, but young plants need regular watering until they have a robust root system.
  8. Pruning of Glossy Abelia takes place early in Spring, and if planted to form a fence, 2 to 3 light prunings are needed during the growing period to preserve its shape. A strong pruning once every 2 to 4 years works rejuvenatingly for the plant and leads to more compact appearance as well as greater flowering.
  9. Generally, it does not encounter particular problems from pests and diseases, with the exception of aphids sometimes, which are easily combated with appropriate formulations.
  10. Glossy Abelia has numerous cultivars/varieties. The most interesting of these are:
  1. It is not a Glossy Abelia variety but is as interesting as it and in addition they share something common: the Mediterranean.

Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, John Mclaughlin at the ‘Mediterranean Sundance’.

Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin – ‘Mediterranean Sundance’


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