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Weigela is a beautiful large bush to showcase in your yard or garden. A weigela bush is an ornamental garden shrub that is popular for its riotous, colorful blooms and lovely foliage. Originally from East Asia and deciduous in nature, weigela bushes are a flowering favorite. Butterflies and hummingbirds find weigela bushes very attractive, especially when in bloom between May and June. The flowers are funnel-shaped and appear in clusters. Weigela bushes can thrive in almost any type of soil, as long as they receive sufficient sunlight and water. Weigela do not require much maintenance and do not easily succumb to pests. The shrub can be left in its natural state, or it may be pruned to give it a desirable shape or to keep it at a specific height. It is best to prune the weigela bush in summer after the plant has finished blooming.

Weigela (Weigela florida), also known as old-fashioned weigela, is a deciduous shrub cold hardy in Zones 4 to 9. Capable of reaching a height and width of 6 to 10 feet, weigela prefers a well-drained location in full sun, though it can tolerate some shade. The trumpet-shaped blooms of weigela appear in late spring. Proper care of a weigela bush will keep it full and healthy.

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Plant Details +

Botanical Weigela florida
Common Name Weigela'
Height 6-10'
Spacing 6-10'
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Sun to partial shade
Foliage Medium green
Flower Magenta pink flowers
Bloomtime Late Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: Before planting your weigela bush, it's important to choose an appropriate planting site. Pick a large area that receives full sun to ensure the fullest blooms on your weigela bush. Prune after the blooms have faded in late spring or early summer to shape and thin the weigela bush. Remove broken or dead wood, which is brittle and shows no sign of new growth. If two branches cross one another, cut out the weaker branch on an angle close to a main stem or even to the ground. Stems that protrude outside the shape of the weigela bush can be cut back. Stems growing straight up from roots (suckers) should be cut to the ground. Weigela pruned after spring blooming may bloom a second time on the current year's growth. Since weigela is a fast-growing bush and can grow up to a foot each season, it's fine to cut back up to a third of its growth.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best bloom is in full sun. Prefers rich, moist, neutral soils. Needs good air circulation. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Water every seven to 10 days after planting and into early autumn if there is no rainfall. A 1-gallon container weigela will need about 2 buckets full of water, poured slowly to reach the roots. Sprinkle a slow-release granular fertilizer in late winter or early spring. Choose a commercial product specifically designed for flowering shrubs.

Pests or Diseases: Free of most pests and diseases. Certain insects, like Japanese beetles and the four-lined plant bug, enjoy eating the weigela. While the four-lined plant bug may turn leaves brown, it isn't a serious threat.