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Kaleidoscope Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
Bright, golden yellow variegation on medium green leaves along with brilliant red stems creates a striking kaleidoscope of color.
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Quick Facts

  • Dramatic Foliage Color
  • Attracts Hummingbirds, Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
  • Border, Container, Cutting Garden, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas


Bright, golden yellow variegation on medium green leaves along with brilliant red stems creates a striking kaleidoscope of color. A low, compact selection that works well as a foundation plant, low hedge, or for use in patio containers. Plant en masse as a groundcover or for dramatic year-round color. Evergreen.

Patent: PP16988



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About This Plant



Leaf Color


Mature Height

Up to 30 inches

Mature Width

Up to 48 inches


Leaf Lifespan


Bloom Time

Periodic Blooming

Bloom Color


Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Provide enriched, well-drained, acidic soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular water but tolerates dry spells, particularly in cooler regions. Protect in northern climates. Prune in late winter to early spring to shape, and apply a controlled-release fertilizer.

Effort of Care


Soil Type

Enriched, well-drained, acidic soil

Growth Rate


Light Needs

This plant will thrive if planted in partial sun or full sun environments

Water Needs

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Disease and Pests

Occasional Leafspot, mildews, and root rots, none serious

USDA Hardiness Zone






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