Abelia Edward Goucher
Abelia is a genus of about 30 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs in the honeysuckle family from the Himalayas to East Asia and in Mexico. They are long flowering with small but showy flowers. Genus name honors Dr. Clarke Abel (1780-1826), physician and naturalist, who collected seed and plants as part of a British expedition to China in 1817. 'Edward Goucher' typically grows 2-3' tall in the St. Louis area and produces gracefully arching branches. It grows somewhat taller (to 5' tall ) in the warm winter climates of the South (USDA Zones 8-9). Features clusters of lavender-pink, funnel-shaped flowers (to 3/4" long) with orangish yellow throats. Flowers bloom from mid-summer into fall. Ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 1.25" long) turn purplish-bronze in autumn. A hybrid between A. x grandiflora and A. shumannii introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the United States Department of Agriculture.