Abelia x grandiflora

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Common name:
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
Type: shrub, semi-evergreen
Growth rate: fast, height x width: 1.8 x 2 m. (5' 11" x 6' 7")
Growth habit: bushy
Main season of interest: Summer
Predominant colours: leaf ~ dark green
flower ~ pink
stem ~ brown
Position: full sun, partial shade, highly tolerant
Soil: dry, moist, clay, sandy, pH preference: Any, pH tolerance: Any
Hardiness: minimum temperature -12°C (10.4°F), USDA Zone 8 to 10
Origin: Italy

Description:
Vigorous, graceful shrub with a long flowering season. Semi-evergreen dark green leaves and masses of small tubular, pale pink flowers in summer and early autumn. Bronzy winter colouring.

Cultivation:
Fertile, well drained soil. Full sun or a little shade. Best in a location with some protection from cold winds but otherwise tough and adaptable.
If required, lightly prune back shoots after flowering.

Propagation:
By greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Design and Use Notes:
Shrub borders, this is probably the easiest and most commonly used of the Abelias.
Extensively used in western France for roadside plantings.