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Caprifoliaceae

Weigela

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Weigela florida 'Java Red'

In the genus Weigela are a dozen species of deciduous, spreading to upright shrubs from East Asia grown mainly for their bell-shaped white or brightly colored flowers. Hummingbirds love them. Use Weigela in a border or in an open woodland.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsShowy flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.

CareTolerant of most any fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Prune after flowering by cutting back flowering shoots to strong buds. On older plants, cut back by one-third or one-fifth to the base of the plant.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in autumn (seed may not come true); root greenwood cuttings in early summer; take semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer; root hardwood cuttings in fall or winter.

ProblemsRoot knot nematode, Japanese beetles, scale insects, Verticillium wilt, twig dieback.

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