Tough little shrub. I was disappointed after the first year (zone 6a, sunny semi-arid climate) and thought I would get around to replacing it. But it re-leafed out and grew a little on its own, so I started watering it a little again, and eventually got some nice flowers to go with the handsome foliage. Not especially attractive in winter here, but still quite good overall.
Sunny Anniversary® Abelia x grandiflora
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
A true color breakthrough!
Brighten up your landscape with the cheery yellow blooms of Sunny Anniversary® abelia! This tough landscape plant is smothered with yellow and pink flowers all summer long, right into autumn. Leathery leaves stick around through the winter for extra interest. Its fountain-like habit gives it a soft, elegant presence in foundation plantings and flower beds. Like all abelias, rabbits and deer leave this beauty alone.
Top three reasons to grow Sunny Anniversary® abelia:
- Flower color unlike any other abelia
- Fragrant and attracts butterflies
- tolerates shade, deer, and rabbitsLong BloomingAttracts:BeesButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 - 48 InchesSpacing:36 - 48 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:YellowFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
Abelia are easy-care plants that don't require regular pruning, though they can be trimmed to shape in early spring. Early spring is also a good time to cut out any dead wood to maintain a neat, open shape.
Abelias benefit from a good layer of shredded bark mulch and may be fertilized in spring if you want to encourage more rapid growth. Use a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.Sunny Anniversary® Abelia x grandiflora 'Minduo1' USPP 24,445, Can 5,236
Dave Schouweiler, Colorado, United States, 4 years ago