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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 Plant 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.

A fine addition to butterfly and hummingbord gardens. Asian-themed gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs)


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






Cultural Preferences

Kaleidoscope Abelia is very easy to grow in most any average soil in full sun to part shade. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil however is exceptionally tolerant of dry soil conditions when established. The best flowering and foliage color occur in full to mostly sun. Maintenance is minimal. We prune our Abelia for shaping purposes one time a year in late winter or early spring. That said, plants respond very well to shearing for hedges or formal shapes. It is evergreen in the southern zones where it grows and might be semi-deciduous some winters in zones north of 7a-7b.




Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant 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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