Linnaea chinensis, synonyms Abelia chinensis and Abelia rupestris, is a species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae. It was described by Robert Brown in 1818, and transferred to the genus Linnaea in 1872, although this move was not widely accepted until 2013. The plant inhabits China, Taiwan and Japan. It is a compact deciduous shrub with reddish stems and glossy, small leaves that become reddish-brown before autumn. It is one of the most cold-resistant species within the genus.
Its simplified-form flowers are funnel-shaped, white, and its pink sepals remain long after flowering.
A garden hybrid between L. chinensis and L. uniflora was once thought to be only a variety of L. chinensis and was known, under the synonym Abelia rupestris, as A. rupestris var. grandiflora. It is now Linnaea × grandiflora.
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