Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Glossy Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' - Glossy Abelia

Tips for Homeowners:

If necessary, prune to shape when plant is still dormant, but its natural habit needs little or no pruning as long as it is planted with correct spacing.

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It is truly a 'kaleidoscope' of color with green and yellow variegated leaves and red stems, and the color holds all season.

  • Striking variegated foliage all season
  • White, bell-shaped flowers all summer into fall
  • Fall color varies with climate

This shrub grows very well in containers and it would be a real standout in both the shrub and perennial border.

Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Glossy Abelia:

Abelia shrubs were once categorized as old-fashioned landscape plants until breeding programs developed new hybrids that helped to re-invigorate the interest and use. Thankfully the Abelia hybrids have retained their adaptability and durability, and are still considered very easy to maintain, if not easier. The biggest improvement would probably boast a more compact growth habit and some variations in flower and leaf color.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Container
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Long Blooming
  • Great Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Fall Color
  • Blooms all Season
  • Rock Garden


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Humming-birds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water