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Kaleidoscope Dwarf Abelia
If we could only plant one shrub in our gardens, it might just be Kaleidoscope Abelia! Why? It is a superstar of a shrub! Not only is this Abelia astonishingly beautiful, providing a "kaleidoscope" of color year round in the landscape, it's also exceptionally tough, durable, low maintenance and drought, heat and humidity tolerant. More details below

Kaleidoscope Dwarf Abelia

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Kaleidoscope Dwarf Abelia
Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Abelia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

If we could only plant one shrub in our gardens, it might just be Kaleidoscope Abelia! Why? It is a superstar of a shrub! Not only is this Abelia astonishingly beautiful, providing a "kaleidoscope" of color year round in the landscape, it's also exceptionally tough, durable, low maintenance and drought, heat and humidity tolerant. You'll also be happy to know that insects, diseases, deer and rabbits won't touch it!

Kaleidoscope Abelia provides constantly swirling color throughout all the seasons on evergreen foliage. It displays variegated bright yellow and green foliage during the warm season that changes to brilliant shades of red and deep orange during the winter months. Then, when soil starts to warm up in spring light orange new growth emerges that turns to yellow. The foliage does not bleach in the sun. 

But that's not all. Kaleidoscope is in the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family, which explains why it produces fragrant tubular flowers. The small white flowers are someone lost against the bright foliage, however are produced throughout summer and into fall and are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. 

Kaleidoscope Abelia is a dwarf that naturally grows in a dense mound to 2.5 feet tall or so and 3 to 4 feet wide at maturity. That said, it responds very well to shearing so can be kept smaller with minimal pruning. We're not that into the formal look so give ours a trim only one time a year in late winter, before new leaves begin to emerge.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Kaleidoscope Abelia has many uses in the landscape. It's smaller size fits nicely as an accent or specimen in smaller landscape spaces, and also does quite well in medium to large size pots, provided the drainage is good. In larger landscape spaces, we use it in small to large groupings or mass plantings on embankments, or as a low hedge. It's the perfect choice for underplanting a crape myrtle, taller growing upright Japanese maples, chaste tree (Vitex), or other small trees. Stunning when combined with other plants and trees that have purple, red or dark green foliage, such as Loropetalumspurple leaved Crape myrtles, and red-leaved Japanese maples.

Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges, 6'+ for space between plants






Cultural Preferences

Kaleidoscope Abelia is very easy to grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The best flowering and foliage color occur in full to mostly sun. The flowers are produced on the current seasons new growth so spring pruning won't effect bloom. It is evergreen in the southern zones where it grows and might be semi-deciduous in zones north of 7a-7b.




Helpful Articles

Click on the links below to get advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Abelia shrubs...





Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Evergreen Shrub (May be semi-deciduous in northern zones)
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges, 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Summer through Mid-Fall
Flower Type:  Single, bell-shape
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Yellow and Green, Orange and Red in winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 8.0
Attracts:  Butterflies, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect




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5 Stars
Happy in its new home
Planted these bushes in September and they settled in right away. Even had flowers blooming. They are tiny and look like miniature, white honeysuckle flowers. Cant wait to see the deeper colors. Curious to see how the leaves hold up over winter. --------- WBG Reply: Hi Litalou - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review! I have Kaleidoscope Abelia growing in several spots in my landscape. The ones in full to mostly sun have the brightest golden-yellow foliage during the warm season with the deepest orange to red foliage in the winter. The ones in more shade are a lighter golden-chartreuse color and become tinged in light orange during the winter. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from NJ. on 9/25/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Awesome company
Great company to deal with. Exceptional quality and willingness to work with you. I found a great supplier. --------- WBG Reply: Hi Alan - Thanks so much for the compliments! It makes everything we do even more worth the while. Be sure to let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Middletown, New York. on 8/29/2017
5/5
5 Stars
AWESOME
I ordered two of these and they arrived in perfect condition! You can tell these guys know how to ship plants! Both are doing well and I can't wait until fall when the red and orange colors start showing up. Great job, guys!! ------- WBG REPLY: Hi Joe - Thanks so much for the compliments and all the exclamation points!! It lets me know that our staff: from the growers, to those in our shipping department, and even FedEx are doing their job. The Kaleidoscope Abelia has to be one of our favorites in our own gardens. It's simply a year-round color factory that is as tough as it is showy. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with - we're at your service! - Brent Wilson | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Benton, AR. on 6/13/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Beautiful & Delivered Quickly
We ordered a few Kaleidoscope Dwart Abelias from Wilson Bros Gardens and some other plants from one other seller online. The Abelias from Wilson Bros arrived in a the few days. We received the shipment from the other seller 10 days later. The plants from Wilson Bros Gardens are beautiful and look very happy in our garden! Thank you! ---------- WBG Response: Hi Jacqueline - You're very welcome!...and we'd like to thank you for taking the time to provide us and future visitors to Wilson Bros Gardens with your review! Glad to hear the abelias are happy as as well:-) Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long and prosper! - Brent Wilson \ Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Silver Spring. on 5/23/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Beautiful and Deer Resistant too!
We recently ordered several types of Abelia from Wilson Bros Gardens after reading that deer will not touch them. By far, the 3 Kaleidoscope Dwart Abelia were the standouts of the order. The plants were large, full, and quite healthy-looking in addition to being very colorful even before the blooming season has begun! ------- WBG Response: Hi Bridget - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review! You're absolutely right about the Kaleidoscope Abelia...deer won't touch them. We have some Kaleidescopes over 10 years old in our gardens and the deer haven't even nibbled. Same goes for all the other abelias. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long and prosper! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Ellicott CIty, MD. on 5/21/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Excellent
I ordered three of these plants, and I received them just a few days later. They were in excellent shape, and they are really beautiful. I'm probably going to buy a few more Abelias soon. --------- WBG RESPONSE: Hi Laura - We couldn't agree more about the beauty of the Kaleidoscope Abelia. Everyone who lives in zones where these are hardy should have at least one of these year round color factories in their landscape. They should do fine in north Florida. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review. Plant long and prosper!
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Reviewed by:  from Tallahassee. on 5/13/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Best online garden center ever
I have used several online garden centers and I can honestly say Wilson Brothers is at the top of the list in everything. The website is easy to use and they almost always offer some type of discount. The plants arrived in record time and they were in great shape when they got here.The Kaleidoscope Abelia was everything the website described. I can see myself having a long relationship with this company. --------- RESPONSE from WBG: Hi Pam - Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to provide us and future visitors to Wilson Bros Gardens with your review. We are real nurserymen and horticulturists who want our customers to receive the best possible plants, service and information. Thanks again and let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long and prosper! Brent Wilson | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Enterprise. on 4/28/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Beautiful Plants
Honestly, I did not know what to expect because I have never ordered plants in my life. But these abelia were beautiful and they are thriving in my garden!
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Reviewed by:  from Dallas, Texas. on 6/10/2016
5/5
5 Stars
Will order from them again
Plants were delivered in perfect condition, VERY IMPRESSED.
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Reviewed by:  from Columbia, South Carolina. on 11/20/2015
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