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This glossy abelia was found in Michael A. Dirr's collection and we took cuttings off the plant in his garden.
The name was inspired by the leaves - during the warm growing months they are yellow like sunshine, hence Sundance.
In winter the leaves turn red in a full sun situation; while those in less sun turn bronze in a pretty way that enhances the colors of a winter garden. (I have notice that leaves shaded out by nearby plants remain green.)
The tubular flowers are white inside and light pink outside - for garden design, they would go in the pink category more so than white. Individual flowers are held in a cluster and form a dome to look like one flower.
Abelias are tough plants for zone 6a and warmer and are very popular due to their evergreen foliage and long flowering season.
How long is the flowering season? Months! First the light pink flower heads last for weeks then, once the flowers fall off, the darker rosy sepals remain until autumn.
We sell a glossy abelia with multi-colored leaves called Hopleys.
slightly smaller/compact than other abelias
colorful foliage and flower power for a long time
winter interest (bright leaf color)
USDA Hardiness Zones
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and maintains pretty color in the cold, it bronzes, but in a pleasing way
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining
Soil pH Requirements
To Make It Thrive
Make sure it has acidic soil because chlorosis may develop in alkaline soil.
I live in zone 6, will abelia survive? We can't guarantee it, but in colder climates some gardeners treat abelia like a perennial and let it die back to the roots and it regrows every year, behaving like a perennial, more so than a shrub. They mulch it with lots of insulating material. Come spring, they sheer the shrub's dead branches and it comes back from the roots. This is what zone 6-er's do. We live in zone 8, so are kinda nervous about this, but we hear it works!