Common name: Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora
Abelia x grandiflora (Rovelli ex André) Rehder APNI*
Description: Evergreen to semi-evergreen mounding shrubs to 2.5 m high, densely branched with arching or sprawling long, wiry twigs, pubescent when young. Bark light brown, peeling when older.
Leaves opposite, simple, ovate, 2–5 cm long, shallowly toothed, glossy dark green above, often tinged red, paler beneath, turning bronze in autumn and winter.
Calyx-lobes 5, pinkish-bronze, persistent. Corolla caducous, white, sometimes tinged light pink, tubular-campanulate, 5 lobed, 20 mm long, in axillary clusters of 3 to 5.
Fruits coriaceous 1-seeded achenes.
Flowering: Flowering Jan–April
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated as an ornamental shrub. Occasionally becoming naturalised, e.g. in the upper Hunter Valley (near Muswellbrook) and the Blue Mountains (North Katoomba).
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *CWS
A horticultural hybrid between the Chinese species A. chinensis and A. uniflora.
Text by K.D. Hill (2001); edited KL Wilson (June 2008)
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