‘Edward Goucher’ Abelia

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Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b
‘Edward Goucher’ abelia blooms earlier, producing beautiful lavender-pink flowers all over it’s 4- by 5-foot-tall, gracefully arching form. The colorful, orange-red stems provide an exciting contrast to the shiny green leaves, which turn bronze in cold weather. ‘Edward Goucher’ is reliably evergreen in the South, but it tends to be semi-evergreen or even deciduous the farther north it is planted. It is less cold-hardy than the species.
In general, Abelias grow larger the further south you grow them. The Missouri Botanical Garden reports that Abelia ’Edward Goucher’ usually grows 2’ to 3’ tall in the St. Louis area, while in zone 7, in Georgia, the same Abelia will grow closer to 4’ to 5’ high and wide, or more.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Evergreen - Broadleaf
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 6 to 8 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Mounding - Arching - Spreading
Features:   Sun Loving, Non-Invasive
Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Heat Tolerant
Attracts:   Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
‘Edward Goucher’ Abelia wants to grow up to be a large shrub, so plan on it doing just that in your landscape and let it assume it’s natural, open, arching form. If you really want an Abelia that will stay small, compact and under 4’ tall, plant ’Rose Creek’ Abelia.
Cottage, Perennial, Pollinator Garden
Flower features:    Long Flowering, Continuous Flowering, Profuse flowering, Showy Flowers
Lavender-pink flowers with orange-red sepals that bloom in summer through fall
Foliage type and color:    Semi-Evergreen, Green
Shiny green leaves turn bronze in cold weather.
Landscape Uses:    Foundation, Grouping, Screen, Hedges, Hillside
Accent, Border, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘Edward Goucher’ Abelia is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 6 to 8 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   7-10 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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