Abelia x grandiflora 'KALEIDOSCOPE'®

Abelia x grandiflora
Abelia x grandiflora 'KALEIDOSCOPE'®
glossy abelia
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.8m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a yellow a deep red
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME July - September
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
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Looking for the most spectacular trees and shrubs with eye-catching flowering one tends to forget the smaller ones, which are none the less diligent or beautiful. Just like abelias. These semi-evergreen, exceptionally evergreen shrubs are maintenance-free plants of high value owing to its profuse flowering.

Kaleidoscope® is another novelty of the turn of the century. It drags attention thanks to its multicoloured foliage, but not only that. This abelia was found as a naturally occurring mutation of abelia x grandiflora “Little Richard” by nurseryman Randall Dale Lindsey in North Carolina, USA, in 1997. A single branch with coloured leaves on originally purely green plant made him try and propagate it and as further test proved the characteristics stable he had it patented a few years later, in 2005, under US plant patent No. 16,988.

Kaleidoscope® abelia has small, ovate, pointed, glossy leaves that have green centres surrounded by various shades of yellow throughout the season that changes to salmon pink, bronze and even burgundy red in winter while the best show takes place in the autumn when the top of the plant turns fiery orange and red.

Flowers appear in mid summer and are small, white, trumpet-shaped, and slightly fragrant. New branches in the spring are bright red and beautifully contrast with fresh yellow leaves. The plant makes a low, very compact and dense shrub so pruning is not necessary. Reduced size makes it ideal for even the smallest of gardens and it makes a great container plant.

Abelias are soil tolerant but will thrive in good, moist well-drained soil, preferably acidic for best leaf colour. Find them a location in full sun and, if possible, sheltered from drying winds. Fully hardy to -23°C (USDA zone 6), or -29°C if grown as a perennial.

Last update 10-12-2009
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Abelia x grandiflora height 20-30 cm, width 20-30 cm
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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