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Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’

Abelia x grandiflora


part of the Sunset Plant CollectionThe leaf variegation of Abelia x grandiflora ‘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. Kaleidoscope’s 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.

Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a versatile plant — It is frost-, drought- and heat-tolerant and a position in the full sun brings out the most vibrant color changes in the leaves. This Abelia 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.

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 6 - 11
Height: 12 to 24-inches
30 to 61-centimeters
Spread: 24 to 36-inches
61 to 91-centimeters
Seasons: Summer, Late Summer, Autumn
Flower Colors: Soft pink, White
Foliage Colors: Green, Rust, Gold, Orange, Red
Light Levels: Full-Sun
Growth Habit: Mounded
Usage: Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Hedging, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pots
Patent Status: PP 16,988
Origin: USA

Grower Culture

Media: well drained soil
pH: 5.5pH to 6.2pH
Fertilization: Medium | 200 ppm
Light: High
Water: Moderate to Well-Drained
Rooting Temp: 50°F | 10°C
Rooting Hormone: Yes
Days Under Mist: 16 to 29-days
Pinch Before
Average Prop Time: 12 to 24-days
Growing Temp Day: 62°F to 70°F | 17°C to 17°C
Growing Temp Night: 55°F to 60°F | 13°C to 13°C
Pinching: Yes
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
4-inch: 12 to 16-weeks with 1 ppp
1-gallon: 27 to 52-weeks with 1 ppp
3-gallon: 52 to 78-weeks with 1 ppp
Other Varieties
in the Collection:
Cercis ‘Ruby Falls’
Daphne Eternal Fragrance