Weigela florida Caprifoliaceae
Weigela wy-JEE-la FLOR-i-da
- Deciduous shrub, 6-9 x 9-12 ft (1.9-2.4 x 2.4-3.7 m), dense, arching, eventually to the ground. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic to ovate-oblong, 5-10 cm long, about 2.5 cm wide, acuminate, rounded at base, serrate, dark green, short petiole. Flowers funnel-shaped, about 2.5 cm long, singly or several in axillary clusters, white, pink to rose red (varies with cultivar), bloom in spring and sporadically during the summer. Fruit brown, dry, 2-valved oblong capsule.
- Sometimes confused with the less common Beautybush (see Kolkwitzia amabilis) which has similarly shaped flowers, but they are pinkish, smaller, in clusters, each has yellow in the throat, and the flower stalks are highly pubescent.
- Sun to part shade, course leafed, tough plant easy to grow, becomes rangy unless pruned, no serious pests or diseases.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Japan.
- Many cultivars (at least 170), including a range of flower colors, variegated and reddish leaves and compact forms (some examples).
- florida: profusely flowering
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on the bank behind Withycomb.