Linnaea x grandiflora is also known as Abelia rupestris, Abelia zanderi, Abelia x grandiflora, or Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora. It is also commonly known as Glossy Abelia. In UK it is still popularly called Abelia x grandiflora. It is part of the Caprifoliaceae or the Honeysuckle Family of plants. This hybrid’s parents are Linnaea chinensis and L. uniflora. The name grandiflora means abundant flowers referring to the profusion of the flowers of this plant. This hybrid was cultivated in 1886 in Italy.
It is a semi-evergreen shrub. It grows to about 3m or 10ft. It has arching branches. Linnaea x grandiflora is multi-stemmed. It has ovate and glossy leaves that are dark green. The leaves turn reddish-bronze in autumn. The flowers are white. The flowers are bell-shaped. Linnaea x grandiflora flowers in late summer into autumn. It has a persistent pinkish-bronze calyx. The flowers are fragrant.
How to grow Linnaea x grandiflora:
Linnaea x grandiflora is not hardy and will need a sheltered location. But it is very easy to grow. Grow it in the sun. Plant it in slightly moist, and acidic soil that is well-drained. It is drought-tolerant but when young water freely until it is established. Propagate by cuttings in early summer. Prune it in late winter. It will help it be bushier.
Grow Kolkwitzia amabilis in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or by suckers. Kolkwitzia amabilis is usually pest-free and disease-free. Prune after flowering to encourage new flowering branches.