Vanilla Brandy™ is a tight, compact abelia that has green leaves with white margins that hold their color without necrosis from sun and heat. In the fall, leaf margins turn pink to rose, and are evergreen to semi-evergreen depending on climate.
The flowers are white, about 1" long, and slightly fragrant, opening in May-June and continuing through October. The sepals turn pink and are persistent. New stems are red-purple through the growing season and add to its winter interest. Vanilla Brandy™ is a strong production plant that doesn't lean or flop in containers, roots to the bottom quickly, and doesn't need pruning to stay compact.