Glossy Abelia (Linnaea 'Little Richard') in the Abelias Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 2.5 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: about 4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: none
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Parentage: Sport of: Sherwoodii
Child plants: 3 child plants

shrubs in bloom planted around a fountain at a rest stop

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Location: Smyrna, DelawareDate: 2020-08-04shrubs in bloom planted around a fountain at a rest stop
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Location: Smyrna, DelawareDate: 2020-08-04tops of shrubs in bloom
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 7, 2020 3:36 PM

I think that this is the most common compact cultivar on the market. It has smaller leaves and is of a dense, compact habit. It bears lots of flowers. It is slow growing. It is easy to grow and adaptable. It began as a sport of the cultivar 'Sherwoodii,' which is also a compact cultivar. This newer cultivar is a little better. I am in shock that the scientific name has been changed from Abelia to Linnaea by some sources.

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