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Glossy AbeliaAbelia x grandiflora

  • Glossy Abelia shrubs
  • Glossy Abelia - Abelia x grandiflora
This popular rounded shrub makes a fine bank cover, mass or hedge. White flowers tinged with rose bring beauty through late summer and fall.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

This is a shade shrub, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight.

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.