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Old-fashioned weigela

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Weigela florida 'Purpurea'
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Robert Mineau)
Weigela florida 'Purpurea'.

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Botany

Origin and description

Weigela florida is native to Korea and northern China. Weigelas are a group of deciduous shrubs grown mainly for their blooms and foliage. Their resistance to insect pests and diseases also makes them popular.

They prefer full sun but do not fare well in summer droughts. They need to be planted in a site protected from the prevailing winds in winter, to avoid disfiguring winter injury. Fortunately, they bloom in summer on the current year's wood.

Spreading shrub, with many branches. Can grow to 3 m. Dense foliage, with elliptical, dark green leaves. The single, funnel-shaped flowers, 3 to 5 cm long, are pink, red or white. They bloom in late spring and early summer, and are borne all along the stems if the tips have escaped winter damage.

Species, cultivars and related plants

Weigela 'Centennial': The hardiest of all weigelas. Blooms prolifically at first, but reblooms only sporadically. Large shrub with dark pink flowers.

Weigela 'Courtalor' Carnaval: White, pink or red flowers, often all three on the same branch.

Weigela 'Courtanin' (dwarf red): Very small growing, with orangeish-red trumpet-like blooms, leaves turn red in fall. Arching branches.

Weigela 'Variegata': An old variety popular for its attractive green and creamy white foliage and abundant pale to dark pink blooms.

Common name

Old-fashioned weigela

Latin name (genus)

Weigela florida

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Caprifoliaceae
Horticulture

Growing conditions

Needs full sun. Prefers cool, well-drained soil.

Easy to grow?

Easy to transplant.

Use

Attractive flowers and foliage. Used as a specimen or in association with other plants in mass plantings.

Hardiness

  • Zone 4
Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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