Weigela florida - Weigela
Family: Caprifoliaceae

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Weigela florida is valued for its use as a specimen or mixed border plant. Plant Old Fashioned Weigela around windows so its abundant pink flowers can be admired each spring.

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  form2 form Form

-deciduous, spreading, dense, rounded shrub reaching 6-9' tall x 9-12' wide, dense, arching, eventually to the ground

-moderate to fast growth rate; low maintenance

foliage Foliage

-leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, 2-4" long x 1" wide, acuminate (pointed tip), rounded at base, serrate, short petiole

-leaf color is medium to dark green in summer, turning brownish in autumn

Flowers
flowers

-flowers funnel-shaped, perfect, about 1" long, borne singly or several in axillary clusters

-in spring and sporadically during the summer

-flowers come in various shades of rose and pink, depending on cultivar; very abundant and showy

Fruit

-2-valved, glabrous capsule to 1" long

-no ornamental significance

Twig
twig

-gray-brown, scurfy, with large circular

lenticels

-2 rows of fine hairs between the nodes

Trunk

-not applicable

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Culture

-Old Fashioned Weigela grows best in a sunny location and moist soil; shaded plants are straggly

-dislikes crowding

-transplants well

-some annual dieback and winter injury make annual

pruning necessary

-becomes rangy unless pruned, no serious pests or diseases

Hardiness

-zones 4 to 8

Origin

-native to Japan

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Assets

-profusion of colorful flowers

-relatively low maintenance

-adaptable and urban tolerant

Liabilities

-becomes scraggly, unkempt, and larger than intended unless properly pruned and managed

Function

-accent, boder, massing, hedge

Texture

-coarse in leaf and when bare

-medium density

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species

Alternates

-other spring-flowering shrubs (Viburnum, Rhododendron, Deutzia gracilis, etc.)

 


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