Abelia Canyon Creek
The popular hybrid abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ is an attractive shrub with a rounded spreading habit. It was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia and was chosen as an open pollinated seedling of Abelia chinensis, so its exact parentage is unknown. The leaves of this semi-evergreen shrub are copper pink when they emerge in spring, mature to yellow-green and revert to a copper rose color from fall through winter. Small, mildly fragrant flowers of pink and white begin to appear in late spring and continue to through to late fall. Attractive five-parted, rose-colored calyces subtend each bloom and persist well after the flowers fall. Preferred sites for abelia are in full sun to partial shade and acid to neutral, well-drained soil. It is surprisingly drought tolerant, especially when planted in partial shade, and takes well to pruning, though it has a beautiful natural habit. This popular landscape shrub has a neat appearance and works well in foundation plantings, mixed borders or mass plantings. It is deer resistant and its flowers attract bees and butterflies.