Abelia Edward Goucher

Product Description

With its cascading nature, the Abelia Edward Goucher is a great choice to use as a vibrant shrub border, foundation plant, or informal or formal hedge. It was introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the United States department of agriculture where it got its name.

From spring to fall it produces clusters of delicate pink and lavender tubular shaped flowers that are slightly aromatic. Foliage arises maroon and fades into dark green leaves, casting a reddish tint to the plant during active growth.

The green foliage darkens during the winter, but the shrubs generally remain full during the cold months with gracefully arching branches that are funnel shaped. The fall colored shrub exhibits erosion control to help with your landscaping needs.

Abelia Bush Care

This pink abelia shrub enjoys fairly rich, moist soil in a full sun to partial shade location and has good drought tolerance. Make sure it is well draining soil. The Abelia Edward Goucher is best planted on 4 to 6 foot centers to form a screen or foundation planting, or slightly closer for a shrub hedge.

Grow this glossy abelia across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. The best time to plant an abelia shrub is in early spring or early fall so it has the whole growing season to establish its root system. It can tolerate light shade but performs best in full sunlight.

This abelia x grandiflora shrub will grow up at 5-6 feet tall and 6-7 feet wide at full maturity. A slow release fertilizer applied annually will help boost new spring growth.

This semi evergreen shrub species has so many great qualities; it’s hard to choose which one is best! The Edward Goucher Abelia is sure to wow your neighbors with its brilliantly colored pink flowers and rich fall foliage that looks attractive and lasts all through winter. It is also deer resistant!

It is easily grown and the lilac pink flowers of the abelia hedge that are bell shaped bloom on new wood so prune in winter to early spring. Many abelias have white flowers depending on the variety, which is why out of all the abelia varieties this one is our favorite for its uniqueness!

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Botanical Name

Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Light pink, lavender
Foliage Color Glossy Dark Green, Maroon
Mature Height 5-6 ft
Mature Width 6-7 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Glossy foliage
  • Aromatic
  • Pink flowers

Shipping Info

Once your Abelia Edward Goucher order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Edward Goucher Abelia can handle average soil, but prefers moist, slightly alkaline and well-drained, organically rich soil. They do well with regular water and once established can handle moderate drought. It will grow in full sun to partial shade, but it’s foliage and flowers will be most striking in full sun. Its blooms develop on new growth, so it will need to be selectively pruned as needed in early spring and late winter.

The Edward Goucher is generally an evergreen in the South, but is deciduous in Northern climates and will likely sustain damage in the coldest months.

For hedge growth, we recommend planting them with their centers 2-3ft apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Edward Goucher Abelia, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Chris

    Staff was able to help me pick the right abelia for what I had planned in my head, lol. Very patient and nice. Thank you

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  2. Ted Hampton (store manager)

    Very happy with my new abelia plants. They line the border of the house perfectly.

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Excellent service

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your kind review on our Abelia Edward Goucher.

  4. Virginia (verified owner)

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    Very happy with my plants from Perfect Plants. I will order again.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your order of the Abelia Edward Goucher. We are glad you are happy with your new plants. Enjoy!

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