Abelia × grandiflora. GLOSSY ABELIA. China


upright to 8 feet high and arching; glossy, green opposite, simple leaves, reddish bronze in spring and fall. Showy, small, tubular flowers in clusters. Pink sepals remain on stem after petals fall off. Sometimes trimmed to hedge but standard practice is not to shear this shrub and ruin its natural, arching form.

Quad near church; Encina Hall; Meyer library front (surrounding Cedrus libani) and back; Schwab Center, front; Maps & Records

Illustrations: Sheared, mass planting west of Meyer Library

Additions/Revisions: This is a new entry, not in book.

Name derivation, genus | species: After Dr. Clarke Abel, physician, and author on China, 1780-1826 | large flowers

Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No.14, p.9 | entry for Abelia in the current Sunset Western Garden Guide.

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