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.

Following are some "Rave Reviews" from the industry.

● “…really packs a wallop.”
“…specimens are vigorous yet compact, colorful to a fault, do not bleach in the sun, and catch visitors’ eyes.”
“…held a full complement of leaves through the 2004/2005 winter.”
“…I believe this plant’s more evergreen nature will make it a commercial success.”
– Dr. Michael Dirr, University of Georgia, Nursery Management & Production, May 2005

● “Durable and astonishingly beautiful, with constantly swirling color throughout the seasons..”
– Pam Beck, Author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina, Lone Pine Publishing, 2006

● “Evergreen…colorful…durable. Kaleidoscope sells itself!”
– Jon Reelhorn, Owner, Belmont Nursery

● “The kaleidoscope of color changes my Kaleidoscope Abelias produce beautifully accent my garden throughout the year...they are the best accent to any outdoor living area.”
– Jon St.Clair, Sales Manager, J. Berry Nursery

●"Our customers love Kaleidoscope. Landscapers like to mass it for a bright, eye catching splash, and garden centers love it because it sells! They're the best and toughest of the variegated abelias."
– Susi Strong, Gilbert's Nursery

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