Linnaea, Glossy Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'


Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Linnaea (LIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kaleidoscope
Additional cultivar information:(PP16988)
Hybridized by R. Lindsey
Registered or introduced: 2006
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Good Fall Color

Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Semmes, Alabama

Calistoga, California

Ceres, California

Fresno, California

Quartz Hill, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Oldsmar, Florida

Thomson, Georgia

Paulina, Louisiana

Dickerson, Maryland

Grasonville, Maryland

Monkton, Maryland

Arden, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Locust, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(3 reports)

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Bristol, Tennessee

El Paso, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chesapeake, Virginia

Glen Allen, Virginia

Lorton, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Waynesboro, Virginia

Kirkland, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2014, Garden4Critters from Lorton, VA wrote:

I have one in the ground and one in a pot. Both have survived. The one in the pot was planted is about 2 years old now and overwintered outside. The one in the ground had been bought last fall but we didn't plant it until this spring (had been mulched in over the winter against a tall fence). This spring both looked pretty worse for wear. Thought they were gonners but plants tend to surprise you so I watered and let them be and sure enough they leafed out and flowered. I did have some dead branches and ended up trimming them out.


On Sep 27, 2011, pvynchggrs from Eldersburg, MD wrote:

Does not grow in northern Maryland either. All 7 of my plants died to the ground in winter. About half of them came back in the spring for 2 years straight (before I got rid of them) but were never more than tiny little plants, 6"x6" at most.


On Mar 16, 2010, dirtgirl74 from Glen Allen, VA wrote:

Rooted from Fall cuttings wonderfully!


On Jun 22, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted 2 of these last fall and neither survived the winter. The zone rating may be wrong.


On Sep 19, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

What a wonderful shrub!! Yellow, chartruse, maroon, pink and green flower buds w/ white flowers....I love this lovely shrub!!