New Colorful Abelia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Abelia is a broadleaf evergreen that grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10. The glossy green foliage contrasts nicely with the pinkish-white flowers in summer and fall. Now a new variety of abelia ramps up the color show with leaf colors that change depending on the season.

In spring, Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' features bright yellow and green variegated leaves. By summer the leaves darken to a deep green with a golden-creamy yellow outer edge. In fall the show really gets going as the leaves turn a combination of green, yellow, orange, and red. The plant has red stems and white flowers, adding additional contrast to the colorful leaves. In winter the leaves turn dark red before changing back to yellow and green in spring. This compact plant grows 3 feet tall and wide and the leaf colors don't fade, even in the bright sun.

For more on this colorful new abelia, go to: PlantHaven Nursery .

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