Weigela praecox Caprifoliaceae
(Early-flowering) Weigela wy-JEE-la PRIE-koks
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 8 ft (2.5 m) tall and 6 ft (2 m) wide, dense, upright then arching. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic to obovate, 4-8 cm long, base acuminate, margin serrate, dark green, soft-pubescent below, short petiole. Flowers funnel-shaped, sessile (on a very short stalk), 3-5 per cluster, rosy pink, yellow in throat, blooms in early spring and before W. florida, to which it is similar.
- Sun to part shade, course leafed, tough plant easy to grow, becomes rangy unless pruned, no serious pests or diseases.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Korea, Japan, Manchuria.
- praecox: early flowering
- Salem, Oregon: Bush Prairie Park