Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is a highly ornamental form of this popular and reliable landscape shrub. This new glossy abelia is steps above the older varieties. It was bred for its leaf color and dense, compact form. The mounded, and tightly-branched shrub remains small, with a height of 2 to 3 feet tall and slightly wider. The leaf variegation of 'Kaleidoscope' is dramatically defined and is truly a year long changing event.
In early spring the leaves emerge on bright red stems with lime-green centers and bright yellow edges. When summer arrives, the yellow matures to golden and the variegation does not burn or scorch in the hottest of weather. In fall and winter the foliage color deepens to shades of orange and fiery red and the winter foliage hangs on better than other abelias.
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 an easy to care for versatile plant. 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 planting.
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