Abelia x grandiflora (André) Rehder

glossy abelia
Caprifoliaceae
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Abelia x grandiflora
Elena Torres & Santiago Moreno
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Abelia x grandiflora: Appearance of the shrub in full bloom

Appearance of the shrub in full bloomReddish young branch with ovate leavesBranch with 2 flowers with a white infundibular corolla and a calyx  with 4 pink-brownish divergent sepals
Etymology

Abelia: After C. Abel, an English naturalist from the 18th-19th century

grandiflorus, -a, -um: with large flowers

Description

Habit: Evergreen or semi-deciduous shrub 1-2 m tall, highly branched, with arching, reddish branchlets.

Leaves: opposite, persistent or semi-persistent, shortly petiolate, 1.5-4 cm long x 1-2 cm wide, simple; blade ovate, subacuminate, entire or slightly dentate, dark green and somewhat glossy adaxially, glabrous or almost.

Flowers: hermaphrodite, slightly zygomorphic, epigynous, flagrant, arranged in terminal cymes; calyx with 2-5 sepals; corolla gamopetalous, 1-ca. 2 cm long, 5-lobed, infundibular, pinkish-white; stamens 4, didynamous; gynoecium syncarpous, 3 carpellate, with an inferior ovary.

Fruit: achene (dry, indehiscent), crowned by the persistent calyx.

Phenology

It flowers in summer and rarely produces fruit because it is a hybrid.

Geographic origin

Artificial hybrid between A. chinensis R. Br. and A. uniflora R. Br. obtained in Italy around the end of the 19th century. Both parents are native to China.

Observations

It is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental because it is quite hardy and resistant to cold temperatures and because it produces abundant fragrant flowers over a long period.

It is propagated from cuttings.

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