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A picture of a Glossy Abelia

Glossy Abelia

Linnaea × grandiflora

Abelia x grandiflora 02 by Digigalos (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Glossy Abelia

 A Linnaea or Abelia x grandiflora tree with green leaves and white flowers
Some Linnaea × grandiflora with green red leaves and white purple flowers
Some Linnaea × grandiflora in flower
 A Linnaea or Abelia x grandiflora tree with green leaves
 A Linnaea or Abelia x grandiflora tree with green leaves and white flowers

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

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn from green to bronze-red.

    Hedge plant

    Can be grown into a hedge.

    Drought resistant

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Glossy Abelia

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

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