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Glossy Abelia Linnaea × grandiflora

Previously known as:

  • Abelia × grandiflora (Rovelli ex André) Rehder
  • Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora Rovelli ex André
Description

This is a hardy, drought and erosion tolerant, easy to grow shrub.  It flowers on new growth in late spring-early summer and continues into fall and early winter.   It has a persistent ornamental calyx that is reddish-bronze and lasts for months. The new growth and fall foliage is reddish-bronze. Over time the arching branches can become leggy so it can be severely pruned back and transplants easily.  The bark is attractive and peeling.  This plant is slightly salt tolerant and it tolerates air pollution.

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Canyon Creek'
  • 'Edward Goucher'
    More compact 3'-5' with lavender-pink flowers
  • 'Kaleidoscope'
  • 'Little Richard'
  • 'Mardis Gras'
  • 'Rose Creek'
  • 'Silver Anniversary'
Tags:
#purple#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#red#fall#white#evergreen#pink#sun#fall color#pollinators#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#flowering#air pollution tolerant#cpp
Cultivars:
  • 'Canyon Creek'
  • 'Edward Goucher'
    More compact 3'-5' with lavender-pink flowers
  • 'Kaleidoscope'
  • 'Little Richard'
  • 'Mardis Gras'
  • 'Rose Creek'
  • 'Silver Anniversary'
Tags:
#purple#gold#fragrant#hummingbirds#red#fall#white#evergreen#pink#sun#fall color#pollinators#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#flowering#air pollution tolerant#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Linnaea
    Species:
    Linnaea × grandiflora
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    This shrub is attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and is resistant to damage by deer.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, pollution, deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 6 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    White flowers develop a light purple-pink tinge over time. Persistent reddish calyces into winter. Flowers appear in upper leaf axils and stem ends.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Slippery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-4 leaves per node. Glossy leaves, emerge reddish and mature to dark green. then turn bronze-green to bronze-red in winter. Reticulate venations; acute, cuneate to rounded base.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Peeling
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Salt
    Urban Conditions