Linnaea amabilis or Kolkwitzia amabilis is commonly known as Beauty Bush. It is a part of the Caprifoliaceae family of plants.
It is native to China. There it is called Wei shi shu, 蝟实. Kolkwitzia amabilis is a deciduous, suckering, plant. It is a fast-growing plant. It is an arching and spreading shrub. It grows up to 3m or 10ft tall. It grows as wide as it grows tall. It is fully hardy.
Linnaea amabilis was discovered twice in China. Once by Jesuit missionary and botanist, Giuseppe Giraldi (1848-1901). Later by Ernest Henry ‘Chinese’ Wilson (1876-1930) a British plant collector.
It was first described by Carl Otto Robert Peter Paul Graebner (1871-1933). He was a German botanist. He named it Kolkwitzia after Richard Kolkwitz. Kolkwitz was a German professor of botany. Later in 2013, Kolkwitzia moved into the Linnaea genus. This plant is rare in the wild. It became very popular in the United States after the first world war.
Linnaea amabilis description:
Linnaea amabilis has light brown bark. Linnaea amabilis foliage is simple, oval, and opposite. It is dark green and glossy. It flowers in late spring. It flowers profusely adding a burst of color to the garden. The flowers are about an inch or 2.5cm long and bell-shaped. The color of the flower is white or pink. The flowers are unscented. Linnaea amabilis produces a hairy ovoid fruit capsule. The capsules are about 0.25 or 60mm long.
How to grow Linnaea amabilis:
Grow Linnaea amabilis in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist and fertile soil that is well-drained. Give it enough room to grow. Opinions vary on pruning. Some say pruning should be done to shape. Others say it promotes new growth. It will help produce more branches and flowering. The best time to prune is after the flowering season.
How to propoagate Linnaea amabilis:
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or from suckers. Linnaea amabilis is deer-resistant. It is disease-free and pest-free. So it is easy to maintain. It attracts birds and bees. It is a great addition to any garden.