Glossy Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)
Glossy abelia is an evergreen to semi-evergreen mounding shrub that can get up to 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide at maturity. Glossy Abelia has glossy leaves with clusters of white flowers in early summer to fall.
Glossy abelia is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It flowers best in full sun. It is drought tolerant after it is established. Semi-evergreen to evergreen in North Texas. Blooms on new wood, so prune as needed (e.g., remove stems lost to winter and, if desired, thin to the ground up to 1/3 of old stems) in late winter to early spring.
It can be used as specimen or grouping for shrub borders or foundations. Mass on slopes or banks for attractive shrubby cover and erosion control. Looks best when pruned selectively, although tolerant of hard shearing. Can be cut to the ground to encourage new long arching branches.
AT A GLANCE
- Drought tolerant
- Full sun to part sun
- 6-8 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide
- Semi evergreen
- Wildlife value: butterflies, bees, birds
- Deer resistant