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.
This is a shade shrub, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight.The glossy abelia grows to a height of 3–6' and a spread of 3–6' at maturity.This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
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.