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Kaleidoscope Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

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Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope') at Calloway's Nursery

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' flowers

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope') at Calloway's Nursery

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' in bloom

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

This impressive compact shrub has brilliant yellow gold and deep green variegated foliage and lovely white flowers in summer and fall; it is resistant to leaf fade and scorch, and will give a dazzling performance all season long

Ornamental Features

Kaleidoscope Abelia features dainty clusters of lightly-scented white tubular flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive gold-variegated green foliage with hints of pink. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kaleidoscope Abelia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kaleidoscope Abelia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kaleidoscope Abelia will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Kaleidoscope Abelia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features