Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ performs best in the landscape under full sun to partial shade. These conditions promote the best color and fullness. Occasionally, this plant may produce water shoots that should be immediately pruned out. To maintain a well-shaped plant, one may trim ‘Kaleidoscope’ basically anytime from spring to late summer. ‘Kaleidoscope’ performs best with a slow release, high nitrogen fertilizer applied in the spring of each year. A good, fertile plant will produce excellent color and will retain most of its foliage during the dormant period. We recommend spacing ‘Kaleidoscope’ 5 to 6 feet apart allowing room for the plant to grow to its full potential.
- Plants exhibit best foliage color when planting in full sun.
- An organic, well-drained, acidic soil is preferred.
- The planting hole should be twice as wide and slightly deeper than the root ball.
- Remove the plant from the container and loosen any tangled roots.
- Upon installation, the top of the root ball should be slightly above ground level.
- Backfill the hole 3/4 full with loose organic soil and water thoroughly to remove any air pockets.
- Finish filling the hole with soil and pack lightly.
- Add a thick layer of organic mulch to help maintain even moisture until the plant is well established.
- Take care to keep the mulch away from the base of the plant.
This versatile plant is frost, drought and heat tolerant as well as deer-resistant. A position in full sun brings out the most vibrant color changes in the leaves. It is eye-catching as a container specimen in a small garden, good for a formal or informal hedge, in low water/low maintenance gardens or small gardens or spaces, is distinctive as an accent plant and spectacular in mass plantings.