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Linnaea x grandiflora

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora
  • Abelia x grandiflora
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 deer resistant, slightly salt-tolerant and it tolerates air pollution. Small evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub to 1.8 m, dense and rounded. Blooms in late spring-early summer and continues into fall and early winter. Attractive to butterflies. The persistent calyx is reddish-bronze and lasts for months - ornamental. New growth and fall foliage is reddish-bronze. Easy transplant; prefers acid, well-drained soil; pollution tolerant; tolerant full sun and partial shade; zones 6-9; no serious pest problems

Quick ID Hints:

  • May be 3-4 leaves per node on reddish new growth
  • Leaves have reticulate venation, are opposite
  • Bell-shaped, white flowers; persistent reddish calyx
  • Small shrub with exfoliating bark
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • '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#white#evergreen#pink#sun#fall color#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#fall interest#flowering#air pollution tolerant#cpp#glossy#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • '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#white#evergreen#pink#sun#fall color#partial shade#bark#drought tolerant#lavender#green#easy to grow#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#fall interest#flowering#air pollution tolerant#cpp#glossy#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Linnaea
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    This shrub is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    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
    Fruit Description:
    Leathery, one-seeded achene; non-ornamental. Hybrid of Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora
  • 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. Inflorescence a leafy terminal dichasium to small compound dichasium. 2-5, white-flushed pink, campanulate, slightly fragrant, ca 2 cm; calyx persistent, rose to purplish tinge.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    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. opposite, simple, ovate, dentate, acute, cuneate to rounded base, 1.5-6.5 cm; reticulate venations; young leaves reddish maturing to glossy green, paler beneath.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Peeling
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    pubescent, reddish-brown young stems mature to exfoliating, splitting bark, revealing lighter inner bark
  • 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