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Glossy AbeliaAbelia x grandiflora

  • Glossy Abelia - Abelia x grandiflora

Originally from Italy, this popular rounded shrub makes a fine hedge, barrier, mass or foundation plant. It also works to combat erosion when planted along a bank. Graceful, arching branches are covered with white flowers tinged with rose from late summer through the fall, attracting butterflies and bees.

The glossy abelia is a versatile, easy-to-maintain option that will add year-round interest to any landscape.

Hardiness Zones

The glossy abelia can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an ornamental shrub, typically planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape.

Mature Size

The glossy abelia grows to a height of 3–6' and a spread of 3–6' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium to Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The glossy abelia grows in in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Produces funnel-shaped white flowers tinged with rose during late summer and fall.
  • Features lustrous dark green leaves in summer, turning bronze-green to bronze-red to bronze-purple in late fall and into winter.
  • Adds textural interest to landscape.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Makes a fine hedge, barrier, bank cover, mass or stand-alone specimen.
  • Combines well with broadleaf evergreens.

Wildlife Value

Not known in general for its benefit to wildlife, these shrubs can serve as butterfly bushes.


The glossy abelia originated in Italy possibly before 1866 but was supposedly not introduced until 1886.