Abelia flowers

If you have been hearing the humming of busy bees, the sound may very well be coming from your neighborhood Abelias.

As autumn draws near, Abelias begin to bloom with pretty pink or white funnel-shape flowers perfect for bumble bees to stuff their fuzzy bodies into.

The plant generously provides so many flowers, that bees have a full-time job collecting pollen from just one plant. Small glossy leaves set a nice back-drop for flowers in fall, and on a few forms, the leaves steal the show with bright gold or pink or cream variegation.

Abelias are easy and reliable plants in the landscape as well, requiring just a bit of pruning and watering while getting established.

Varieties you may find at Portland Nursery:

Abelia x grandiflora 02

Abelia x grandiflora (A. chinensis x A. uniflora): Glossy Abelia

  • White flowers
  • Glossy dark green leaves – semi-evergreen
  • Upright arching habit
  • 6-8 feet tall & wide
Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’

  • White flowers
  • Dramatic lime, coral and gold leaves – semi-evergreen
  • Low & compact growth 18-24” tall x 24-36” wide
Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’: Pink Abelia

  • Pink Flowers
  • Dark green glossy leaves – semi-evergreen
  • Broad dense round habit
  • Grows to 3-5 feet tall & wide