3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun/light shade
- Soil: Fertile, well drained
- Growth rate: Moderate
- Flowering period: June -October
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Eventual height:1.8 metres
- Eventual spread:2.5 metres
Abelia Edward Goucher is of compact, upright habit, and a semi-evergreen, flowering shrub with glossy dark green, oval leaves along its gracefully arching, slender branches. Its flowering time in the Summer and early Autumn months is headed by the appearance of beautiful clusters of soft pink, funnel shaped flowers with a light and refreshing scent. Towards the Autumn, the leaves turn a stunning purple – bronze.
Abelia Edward Goucher is a very adaptable plant which can be used as a specimen shrub, or planted together to form an informal hedge, providing year round colour. Don’t let its delicate looks fool you, its amazing adaptability for harsh conditions make it able to survive very tough weather, making a perfect easy to grow garden plant of moderate growth rate with the added bonus of attracting both bees and butterflies.
Looking After Your Glossy Abelia
Generally pest and disease free this Abelia is an easy to grow shrub in many if not all locations. A low maintenance plant which will benefit from a sunny fertile and moist, but well drained position. Pruning is best done during March and April to achieve a neat and tidy plant. A prolific flowering shrub in it own right, regular dead heading will encourage the production of still more flowers.
1, Take softwood cuttings in early summer, preferably with some bottom heat and mist.
2, Take semi ripe cuttings in July or August, although this method is a little slower.
This shrub is a hybrid between Abelia Shumannii and Abelia Grandiflora and was introduced by Edward Goucher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1911.