Glossy Abelia Abelia × grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
abelia 'Canyon Creek'


The Abelia 'Canyon Creek' is a visually appealing plant known for its multiseason interest. It has a semi-evergreen habit, displaying glossy leaves that start off with a touch of bronze when they emerge, transitioning to a golden yellow color, and finally maturing to a rich green. As the cooler months arrive, the foliage often takes on hues of bronze, adding further interest to the landscape. This ornamental shrub produces clusters of small tubular flowers which are a soft pink or white, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The blooms are abundant and often cover the shrub from late spring to early fall, providing a long-lasting display of color. The stems of the 'Canyon Creek' are reddish in color, which contrasts beautifully with the green leaves and adds yet another layer of color to this versatile plant. With its glossy leaves and charming flowers, the 'Canyon Creek' can add a splash of color and elegance to any garden setting.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Glossy Abelia, Canyon Creek Abelia

    • Common names

      Abelia × grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Abelia is not generally known for being toxic to humans. However, as with any plant, individual sensitivities vary, and it is possible for a person to have an allergic reaction to any plant. Ingestion of Abelia is not commonly associated with any significant toxicity, but to be safe, it is advised to keep plants out of the reach of children who might chew on them inadvertently. If a person were to consume parts of the plant and experience symptoms, it would likely be due to a rare individual sensitivity, and medical advice should be sought.

    • To pets

      Abelia is not commonly recognized as being toxic to pets. It is always wise to prevent pets from ingesting plants, as they might still cause mild gastrointestinal upset due to the physical irritation or an individual animal's unique sensitivity. If a pet were to consume parts of the Abelia plant and show adverse signs, it would be unusual, and it's recommended to contact a veterinarian. Typical symptoms of plant poisoning in pets might include vomiting, diarrhea, or drooling, none of which are commonly associated with Abelia ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      China Korea


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds colorful, variegated foliage and attractive pink-tinged, white flowers to gardens.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Supports biodiversity by attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Capable of surviving in drier conditions, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers year-round interest with foliage that changes color throughout the seasons and blooms that appear in spring and summer.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a variety of landscaping uses such as borders, foundations, and hedges.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Provides shelter and potential nesting sites for small wildlife.
    • Erosion Control: Can help stabilize soil on slopes, reducing erosion.
    • Deer Resistance: Less palatable to deer, which can be beneficial in areas where deer browsing is a problem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Abelia can function as a natural room divider in outdoor spaces, providing a sense of privacy and separation with its dense foliage.
    • In artistic compositions, abelia's flexible branches allow for creative use in floral arrangements and ornamental crafts.
    • Its leaves can be used for creating natural dyes for fabrics, yielding colors that reflect the plant's own hues.
    • The plant is suitable for bonsai cultivation, where its small leaves and attractive flowers can be shaped for aesthetic miniature landscapes.
    • As a photography subject, Abelia’s blooms and foliage offer a picturesque opportunity for amateur and professional photographers.
    • Its dense growth habit can be used to disguise less attractive garden features like utility boxes or compost bins.
    • Abelias can be used in thematic gardens, such as pollinator gardens, because they attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
    • With its arching branches, Abelia can be trained to form a living archway or a garden tunnel.
    • During festive seasons, the plant can be adorned with lights and ornaments as a natural alternative to traditional holiday decorations.
    • Its wood, although not commonly used, could be harvested for small woodworking projects like picture frames or jewelry.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Glossy Abelia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Glossy Abelia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: Abelia, including the 'Canyon Creek' variety, is known for being a versatile and adaptable plant that can thrive in various conditions, symbolizing the ability to adjust and flourish in different environments and situations.
    • Longevity: With its long blooming period, Abelia represents endurance and the passage of time, reminiscent of long-lasting relationships or perseverance through life's challenges.
    • Renewal: The frequent production of flowers and the plant's semi-evergreen nature suggest themes of renewal and the cyclic nature of life, indicating fresh starts or rebirth.
    • Attraction: Since Abelias are known to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, the plant symbolizes attraction and magnetism, perhaps hinting at the allure and charm in personality or a place.
    • Protection: Abelia shrubs can also represent shelter or protection due to their bushy form, which provides cover and nesting opportunities for birds and other wildlife.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Glossy Abelia should be watered deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out somewhat between watering sessions, to encourage deep rooting and resilience in periods of drought. In general, watering once a week with 1 to 1.5 gallons per plant is sufficient, but the frequency should increase to twice a week during particularly hot and dry weather. Less water, around half a gallon per plant, may be adequate during cooler months or in rainy climates. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to adjust your watering schedule based on weather conditions and soil moisture levels.

  • sunLight

    Glossy Abelia thrives in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should be planted in a spot that gets at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. However, in hotter regions, some afternoon shade can be beneficial to prevent scorching of leaves, ensuring vibrant foliage and optimal growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Glossy Abelia is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures; however, it grows best when daytime temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to about -10 degrees Fahrenheit, but foliage may suffer some damage. In hot climates, ensure the plant has some protection from the extreme heat of the afternoon sun to avoid stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Glossy Abelia can be pruned to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins, removing any dead or weak branches and shaping as desired. You can also cut back up to one-third of the older stems to rejuvenate the plant. Prune lightly again after the first flush of flowers to promote a second bloom in the fall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Glossy Abelia prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. A mix of garden soil, compost, and peat moss or pine bark will create an ideal environment for root growth and health.

  • plantRepotting

    Glossy Abelia is typically grown outdoors and does not require frequent repotting. If grown in containers, repot every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and encourage growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Glossy Abelia is versatile and can tolerate a range of humidity levels outdoor but prefers average humidity conditions without the need for special humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, well-draining soil, and moderate water.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to partial shade, in well-drained soil, and water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Abelia 'Canyon Creek' begins its life cycle from seed germination, though it is more commonly propagated via cuttings. After rooting, the young plant enters a vigorous growth phase, quickly establishing a compact, spreading form with numerous stems. During the growing seasons, it produces small, trumpet-shaped, pinkish flowers that attract pollinators. As it matures annually, it undergoes cycles of flowering and dormancy, typically flowering in late spring through fall and entering dormancy in the winter. The plant continues to grow in size and may require occasional pruning to maintain shape and encourage healthier growth. Finally, after many years, Abelia 'Canyon Creek' will reach the end of its life cycle and die, potentially leaving seeds or cuttings that can start the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Abelia × grandiflora 'Canyon Creek', commonly known as Canyon Creek Abelia, is often propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. This involves taking cuttings from the current year's growth in the summer when the wood is partially but not fully mature. Usually, cuttings are about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone to increase the chances of successful rooting. The prepared cuttings are then placed in a well-draining rooting medium, such as a mixture of peat and perlite, and kept under high humidity conditions and indirect light until roots develop, which typically takes several weeks. Once the cuttings have rooted, they can be potted up individually and grown on until they are ready to be planted out.