A small to medium, rounded shrub with arching stems. The late spring, highly fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers have a pink blush. The dark green, glossy leaves turn a bronze-purple. Effective as a low hedge, specimen plant or en masse on slopes for erosion control.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Small shrub (3-5 feet),
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A multi-stemmed, rounded shrub with arching branches reachinbg 3 to 6 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in well drained soil.
Can be prone to winter dieback, site in a protected area.
Prefers a moist, organic rich soil.
Prune back dieback in spring
Disease, pests, and problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Hybrid. Cross between Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Birds and butterflies
Bark color and texture
Fine-textured thin stems, reddish-purple.
Older stems have a thin peeling bark in strips
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, simple, ovate , glossy dark gree, turning a bronzy-purple in the fall
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
White with pinking flush, bell-shapped, 1-1/12 inches long, in loose panicles.
Highly fragrant. Blooms on new wood
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Non-sterile, leathery, 1-seeded dry dehiscent fruit
Cultivars and their differences
Pinky Bells® ( Abelia x grandiflora 'Lynn'): A lavender-pink pendulous flower; 2 to 3 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.