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  • Scientific Name: Weigela florida
  • Garden: Rain Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist/Well-Drained

Plant Information

Weigela bushes are old-time landscape favorites, albeit a tier or two below more recognizable plants like lilacs, azaleas, and rhododendrons. While these shrubs (which are members of the honeysuckle family) took a back seat for a while in popularity, new weigela cultivars fueled a well-deserved comeback, making them a popular choice in ornamental landscaping.
Native to Asia, weigela bushes are dense shrubs that grow at a decent pace, often adding between 13 inches and 24 inches of height a year. They're best planted in early spring or late fall, and feature vibrant green foliage and petite flowers, which can attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden when they bloom in early summer. The most popular cultivar is Weigela florida, though many different varietals exist.
Mature Size: 6–10 ft. tall, 9–12 ft. wide 
Soil pH: Acidic 
Bloom Time: Spring, early summer
Flower Color: Pink 
Hardiness Zones: 4–8 (USDA) 

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WEGL Full Flowering, WEGL Flower, WEGL Leaves (©2022 Cheri Moland)