Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils which drain well. Evergreen in the South, but generally deciduous in the northern climates. Blooms on new wood, so prune as needed (e.g., thin to the ground up to 1/3 of old stems and any stems lost to winter) in late winter to early spring.
This glossy abelia hybrid is a compact, bushy, somewhat spreading, multi-stemmed shrub in the honeysuckle family. Typically grows on gracefully arching branches to 2-5′ tall. Features clusters of lavender-pink, funnel-shaped flowers (to 3/4″ long) with orangish yellow throats. Flowers bloom from mid-summer into fall. Ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1.25″ long) turn purplish-bronze in autumn. A hybrid between A. x grandiflora and A. shumannii introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the United States Department of Agriculture. Zones 6 to 9.