The leaf variegation of ‘Kaleidoscope’ is striking and dramatic with changing colors emerge on bright red stems with lime-green centers and bright yellow edges. When summer arrives, the yellow matures to golden. The variegation does not burn or scorch in the hottest of weather.
Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ is reported to be the longest-blooming of all the abelias. By late spring the entire bush is covered with soft pink buds that open to white blooms. The blooms keep coming well into autumn.
This versatile plant is frost-, drought- and heat-tolerant and a position in full sun brings out the most vibrant color changes in the leaves. It is eye-catching as a container specimen in a small garden, good for a formal or informal hedge, distinctive as an accent plant and spectacular in mass plantings.
Description / Plant Notes:
- USDA Zones 6-9
- Best grown in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade
- Requires little or no pruning
Patent Status: USPP #16,988