Kaleidoscope Abelia

A compact very colorful shrub

  • Perfect shrub for adding color
  • Low maintenance
  • Dwarf variety is perfect for any space
  • Stunning color changes! 

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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The Kaleidoscope Abelia adds an exciting pop of color and flair to any landscaping design.  

In spring, the center of the foliage is light green with bright yellow around the outer edges. In summer, the color deepens, transitioning into a dark green center with golden-yellow outer edges. An abundance of white, subtly fragrant flowers emerge during late summer and continue to bloom into fall. With a beautiful spectrum of green, red, golden-yellow, and orange this plant is quite literally a kaleidoscope of pigments in fall.

The Kaleidoscope Abelia is more than just a pretty face!  It is an extremely versatile and hardy plant. From small groupings, mass plantings to containers, this plant brings distinctive charm to any of your landscaping needs. Not only is it versatile in the area you plant it, but this plant is frost, drought, heat and deer resistant.  Plant in full sun to partial shade. What more can you ask for in a shrub?!

This eye-catching shrub provides an abundance of color with minimal care and will definitely add curb appeal to any home or place of business. 

Getting the best results and color out of your Kaleidoscope Abelia is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Plant in full sun for the deepest color
  2. Allow 5 feet between plants to accomodate mature growth
  3. Provide a slow release, high nitrogen fertilizer in the spring.

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Orange
Bloom Color White
Botanical Name Abelia X grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

How To Care for your new Kaleidoscope Abelia

Planting Time:  Any time of the year taking care to avoid temperature extremes, especially the height of summer.

Sun:  Full sun for best blooming

Soil:  Very adaptable, but fertile, well drained is ideal

Water:  Deeply water when newly planted and once or twice weekly during establishment.  Once established, only minimal watering is needed and generally only during extended periods of dry, hot weather.

Fertilization:  A fertilizer for flowering shrubs like Rhododendrons will work great for Abelias.  The best times to fertilize are early spring and/or early summer.

Pruning:  Abelias do not generally require pruning, but if pruning is desired winter is best.  


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

FREE SHIPPING on orders $59.99
*Except States CA, OR, WA, NV, ID, UT, MO, CO, WY, NM and orders under $59.99 are $19.99 for shipping.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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4.8 / 5.0
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We ordered 2 of these kaleidoscope abelia for the front of our home. They were quite large and very colorful. Looking forward to seeing how they change colors in the fall.
August 22, 2015
Cool Yellow Orange Shrub
Awesome yellow that we needed for our home.
January 18, 2015
great looking shrub
this shrub is very unique, great accent to any garden or landscape area, very uncommon very attractive almost a must have!
February 27, 2016
The eight Kaleidoscopes I ordered were received quickly and in great condition. They already had new Spring growth and were absolutely gorgeous! I'm excited to see how they do here in zone 8b. Thank you for having such healthy plants available.
February 19, 2017
3 months ago
Unique and colorful
We ordered 6 of these plants and they are gorgeous! They were well packaged and arrived safely. They are beautiful next to our inground pool. We highly recommend!
September 12, 2016
Kaleidoscope abelia
Searched several local and online sites before finding just what I needed to replace my plant that had been ruined by my Rottweiler. 3 gal plant was exactly what I needed, not too small, not too large. Plant arrived in a couple of days and looks healthy. I'm pleased with the service and the plant!
April 26, 2017
1 month ago
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I think the orange color will be beautiful.
Jacquelyn S on May 20, 2017
Changes with the seasons, hardy, deer resistant, low lying shrub, doesn't have to be trimmed, full sun.
Kathy D on Apr 26, 2017
I think the orange color will be beautiful.
Jacquelyn S on May 20, 2017
I think it will look great mixed in with Azaleas
Elaine W on May 13, 2017
Changes with the seasons, hardy, deer resistant, low lying shrub, doesn't have to be trimmed, full sun.
Kathy D on Apr 26, 2017
I love the pop of red color in the fall
Carmin S on Feb 6, 2017
It seems to be a perfect shrub for my garden. Its expensive when compare to other evergreens.
Frank C on Nov 1, 2016
Our drought wiped out a lot of my plants. Abelias have survived well.
David G. S on Oct 24, 2016
I think it will look great mixed in with Azaleas
Elaine W on May 13, 2017
I love the pop of red color in the fall
Carmin S on Feb 6, 2017
Can I root new plants by cutting a branch and placing it in sand or soil ?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2017

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