‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ PP#16,988
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b
‘Kaleidoscope’ abelia is an amazing, color-changing plant that is truly a year-long event. Red stems hold leaves that mature from an early spring lime-green with bright yellow edges to the summer, when yellow matures to golden, and then to the fall and winter foliage that deepen to shades of orange and fiery red. Late spring brings white flowers that cover the plant. Its variegation will not burn or scorch even in the hottest weather. It’s frost- and drought-tolerant as well as deer-resistant.
Kaleidoscope Abelia is easy to care for, making it perfect for beginner gardeners to expert landscapers. This versatile plant is frost, drought and heat tolerant as well as deer-resistant.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Evergreen - Broadleaf
Growth Size:   Low Shrub - 2 to 3 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Mounding - Dense - Compact
Features:   Excellent Foliage Color, Sun Loving, Year Round Color and Interest
Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Heat Tolerant
Attracts:   Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
Providing a broad range of sizes, forms and textures, evergreens create a perfect framework to unify the garden throughout the seasons.
Cottage, Contemporary, Urban Minimalist
Flower features:    Long Flowering, Long Flowering, Fragrant
Mostly white flowers that bloom in spring through fall
Foliage type and color:    Semi-Evergreen, Variegated
variegated foliage turns shades of green, gold, orange and red as the season progresses.
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Foundation, Grouping, Hedges, Hillside
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Low Shrub - 2 to 3 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   2-3 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Average   Evenly Moist   Waterwise
Soil Types:   Acidic   Well-Drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Once in spring with a slow-release fertilizer recommended for this plant (shrub, tree) at a rate according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    If needed, prune in late winter or early spring to maintain size and shape. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the plant at any one time. It is best to selectively cut branches back to a natural fork in the branch. Shrubs look best when allowed to maintain their natural growth habit - avoid shearing into tight balls or squares.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b

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