Linnaea × grandiflora
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Linnaea × grandiflora is a hybrid plant created from a cross between the species L. chinensis and L. uniflora, all of which have been reclassified. Historically they were included in the genus Abelia and this name is still commonly used. They are cultivated for their attractive foliage and profusion of flowers. They are popular as fillers in flower arranging or as hedges in gardens where they are often clipped into shapes. This medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub has arching branches with small glossy oval leaves. Clusters of small, lightly fragrant, tubular, pale pink flowers appear for a long period from mid-summer and early autumn. Good autumn colour, leaves turn to a bronze tone which contrasts nicely with the flowers.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Flowering branches can be harvested for the vase, remove the lower leaves and split their woody stems vertically a few centimeters up. Then place directly into a bucket of water before arranging, this helps with water uptake.
Root softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.
Leaves turn from green to bronze-red.
Can be grown into a hedge.
Eastern Asia, Japan west to the Himalaya and southern parts of North America, including Mexico
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Ideal for a wall border in an urban or sheltered cottage garden.
Generally trouble free