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Weigela florida and cvs.

Weigela florida

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Weigela florida 'Java Red'

A deciduous shrub, wiegela has gracefully arching branches studded with pink tubular flowers. Dwarf, medium, and tall cultivars are now available for the front, middle, or back of the border: ‘Midnight Wine’ has dark burgundy foliage and pink flowers; 2- to 3-foot-tall and wide ‘Minuet’ has purplish-green foliage and magenta-rose and pale purple flowers; and ‘Dark Horse’ has dark burgundy foliage and deep pink flowers. Many other garden-worthy cultivars are available.

CareProvide fertile garden soil. Weigelas are best in full sun. Remove dead wood and old canes to rejuvenate mature plants.

PropagationFrom greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer.

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

  • Genus : Weigela
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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