10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Glossy Abelia Overview
Linnaea × grandiflora is a hybrid plant created from a cross between the species Linnaea chinensis and Linnaea uniflora, all of which have been reclassified from Abelia. Historically they were included in the genus Abelia, and older, incorrect names such as Abelia × grandiflora or Abelia grandiflora are still sometimes used. Cultivated for the 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. In autumn, leaves turn to a bronze tone which contrasts nicely with the flowers.
Common problems with Glossy Abelia
Generally trouble free
How to harvest Glossy Abelia
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.
How to propagate Glossy Abelia
Root softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.
Special features of Glossy Abelia
Leaves turn from green to bronze-red.
Can be grown into a hedge.
Other uses of Glossy Abelia
Ideal for a wall border in an urban or sheltered cottage garden.
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