Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia, a very underrated shrub Abelia chinensis x Abelia Hybrid uniflora. Semi-evergreen shrub to 1.5 m high, often somewhat wider than high. Young twigs reddish with fine downy hairs. Leaves 2-4 cm long, ovoid, weakly toothed, shiny dark green top, green bottom, completely bare except for small beards nerfoksels in the petiole. The leaves show a dark copper color at low temperatures. Blooms from June until late September with funnel-shaped flowers, white tinged with pink, slightly fragrant, and up to 2 cm long. Bracts reddish, varying in number from 2 to 5, lanceolate to elliptic oblong.

The original of this hybrid is unknown, but introduced by Rovelli Brothers in Pallanza, Verbania on Lake Maggiore, Italy, around 1880. These include a number of cultivars available, including:

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