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Weigela florida
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Zones 1-11, 14-21, 32-41
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Weigela florida

Deciduous, Shrubs


From China and Korea. Weigelas are valued for their lavish springtime display of funnel-shaped, 1-in.-long flowers. They aren’t attractive out of bloom and have no real fall color. Most are rather coarse-leafed and stiff, becoming rangy unless pruned. Use as background plants for flower borders, as summer screens, or in mixed borders.

After flowering, cut back stems that have bloomed to the side shoots that have not flowered; leave only one or two of these to each stem. Cut some of the oldest stems to the ground. Thin new suckers to a few of the most vigorous. Another method is to cut back the entire plant about halfway just after blooms fade; do this every other year. The resulting dense new growth will provide plenty of flowers the next spring.

Weigela florida

Fast growth to 6–10 ft. tall and 9–12 ft. wide, with branches often arching to the ground. Leaves are 2–4 1/2 in. long. Pink to rose-red flowers.

The following selections grow about 6 ft. tall and wide: ‘Bristol Snowflake’, white flowers opening from pinkish buds; ‘Java Red’, red-tinted foliage, red buds opening to deep pink flowers; ‘Pink Princess’, lilac-pink flowers. ‘Wine and Roses’ reaches 5 ft. tall and wide, with deep purple new leaves that contrast nicely with its bright pink flowers; foliage matures to purplish green and turns blackish purple in autumn. ‘Midnight Wine’ reaches just 1 1/2–2 ft. high and wide, with metallic burgundy foliage and deep pink flowers. ‘My Monet’ grows 1 1/2–2 ft. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide with pink flowers and leaves edged in white that turn pinkish in full sun.

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