• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Abelia × grandiflora

Glossy abelia

Glossy abelia

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  • Other common names Glossy abelia

  • Synonyms Abelia chinensis misapplied
    Abelia rupestris misapplied

    Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora
    Abelia zanderi misapplied

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  • Genus Abelia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with paired or whorled leaves and axillary or terminal clusters of funnel-shaped or trumpet-shaped flowers in summer and autumn, sometimes with conspicuous, colourful calyces

  • Family Caprifoliaceae / Caprifoliaceae

  • Species A.grandiflora is a medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub to 3m, with arching branches, bearing small glossy oval leaves and clusters of pale pink, slightly fragrant flowers over a long period from mid-summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Very easy to grow in reasonable conditions although not fully hardy; requires a sheltered, sunny position

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8. May need hard pruning (Pruning Group 6) every 3 to 4 years

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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