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Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' (Abelia)

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Plant description

Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is a selected form of the popular and hardy Abelia shrub. It has brightly coloured variegated foliage that changes with the seasons, offering interest throughout the year. In spring, the new growth is light green with bright yellow leaf edgings. In summer, as the leaves mature, they turn deeper green with golden margins. In autumn and winter, the margins turn orange to fiery red. It is a lightly weeping shrub, which can be left unclipped to form a compact informal shaped plant or hedge, or it can be clipped for more formal looks  hedging. It is well suited to container growing and for small gardens. It prefers a sunny position, but will also do well in  partly shaded areas.

Abelias like a well drained soil, and once established they are tolerant of dry conditions. They are easy care plants, having few pests and diseases. An application of a good general purpose fertiliser is beneficial in spring, to encourage a flush of new growth.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.7 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.9 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring..

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