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Kolkwitzia amabilis (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Kolkwitzia amabilis (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Zones 2-11, 14-20, 31-41
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Moderate

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Beauty Bush
Caprifoliaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

Native to central China. Graceful, upright growth to 10–12 ft. tall and about as wide. If grown in partial shade, it has an arching form; in full sun, it’s denser and shorter. Gray-green leaves to 3 in. long sometimes turn reddish in fall. Blooms heavily in mid- to late spring, bearing clusters of 1-in.-long, yellow-throated pink flowers. Blossoms are followed by conspicuous pinkish brown, bristly fruits that prolong color display. Brown, flaky bark gradually peels from stems during winter.

‘Pink Cloud’ is a particularly floriferous selection with light pink blooms that are slightly larger than those of the species.

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