What might this shrub be? - Knowledgebase Question

Warner Robins, GA
Question by airclean8
March 26, 2006
I purchased a plant a few years ago that had leaves shaped similarly to the loropetalum. The leaves varied from dark to light green, almost white, with a speckling of pink to dark pink throughout. It's growth habits seem to be the same as the loropetalum. The bark was sort of light brown. New growth came out on a dark pink stem. I never noted any bloom though.
I recall that it was a Chinese something, but I can't remember the name. I've searched the net with all sorts of names but to no avail.I thought perhaps you could tell what the place. I hope this question is not too vague. Thanks so much!

Answer from NGA
March 26, 2006



You might be talking about the Abelia variety called Sunrise Variegated Abelia by Monrovia. Fall foliage exhibits a range of yellow, orange and red coloring. The following web site show a summer photo.


It could also be the Abelia variety called 'Confetti'. Its foliage is green with cream variegated areas that turn reddish in cool weather. The following website includes a photo.


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