What Kind of Plant Is a Little Richard Abelia?


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Little Richard abelia (abelia grandiflora "Little Richard") is a dwarf shrub that blooms with tube-shaped white flowers in late spring or early summer. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall and approximately 4 feet wide. It has deep green, glossy leaves that turn purple or orange-pink in fall. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9.

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Although it is evergreen in warmer areas, it typically loses most of its leaves in cooler regions. Little Richard abelia grows best in areas that receive partial to full sun exposure (three to six or more hours of direct sun daily). It needs regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist. Although it does not tolerate overly wet conditions, it is very adaptable to other soil types. Fertilize it in early spring before new growth emerges with a balanced, general-purpose fertilizer. Prune it after it has finished flowering, selectively trimming branches to shape the shrub. To increase the openness and arching of next year's growth, cut multiple stems to ground level in late winter or early spring.

Little Richard abelia attracts birds, butterflies and bees to the garden. Plant it as an informal hedge, foundation planting or an accent in from of a shrub border.

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