Solved Please help Identify this shrub with attractive flowers in December!

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  1. Head Gardener's Dogsbody

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    Dear all,
    I would appreciate help identifying this shrub with very petite, red/pinkish flowers are dark green gloss leaves. The photo was taken in mid December in a local park near Warrington. Given that not much flowers in December I though this would be easy to identify though my own efforts have drawn a blank......

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    You've got a puzzle there, HGD! Heptacodium flowers and Camellia leaves on a shrub with the habit of an Abelia! The hunt is on :)
     
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    Thinking about it, those aren't flowers, they're bracts, so could be an Abelia, but the leaves still don't fit.
     
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    • Head Gardener's Dogsbody

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      Thank You Silver Surfer and Noisette47! I had no idea bracts could persist so long after flowering! Apparently the flowering period is from June to October. It is also known as Linnaea x grandiflora and is semi-evergreen. Thanks once again.
      Dogsbody ;-)
       
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      Your excellent photos made all the difference, HGD :)
       
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