Abelia

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Special features

Autumn colour

Leaves turn from green to bronze-red.

Hedge plant

Can be grown into a hedge.

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Eastern Asia, Japan west to the Himalaya and southern parts of North America, including Mexico

Natural climate

Temperate interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Ideal for a wall border in an urban or sheltered cottage garden.

Personality

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally trouble free
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