Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weigela

A family of very colorful useful ornamental shrubs for temperate climates; the Weigelas enjoy fertile well drained soils in sun or part shade. These long lived shrubs also enjoy a good fertilize in early spring ( 10-10-10 basic fert. or tree&shrub food recommeneded ). Most species are pollution tolerant. Weigela are rarely bothered by insect pests or disease.
Reproduced from softwood or half hardened cuttings in summer or for the species - seed in autumn. Taking hardwood cuttings of 10 inches, taken from vigorous shoots during autumn may also work.

* photo taken on May 1 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


Weigela coraeensis ( Korean Weigela )
A very fast growing, deciduous, large shrub, reaching a maximum size of 20 x 22 feet, that can be trained as a small tree. It is native to Manchuria, Korea and Japan.
The leaves are up to 10 x 5 inches in size. The large foliage gives this Weigela a tropical appearance. The leaves appear very early during spring.
The white or pink, tubular flowers are borne during late spring.



* photo taken on May 1 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


Weigela floribunda
A fast growing, large deciduous shrub, reaching a maximum size of 12 x 16 fee, that is native to Japan. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 4 feet.
The toothed, slender leaves, up to 5 x 3 inches, are somewhat hairy above, woolly white beneath.
The deep red flowers are borne from the leaf axils in clusters of up to 3 in late spring and summer.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

* photo taken on May 8 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


Weigela florida
A fast growing large shrub reaching up to 8 feet ( record is 17 x 13 feet ) native to far eastern Asia.
The deeply-veined, toothed, elliptical leaves, up to 5 x 2 inches in size, are bright green. The foliage appears early during the spring.
The funnel-shaped flowers, up to 1 inch in length, appear late spring and summer and range from white to deep pink. The flowers appear on wood from the previous year.
Hardy from zone 4 to 8.

* photo taken on Aug 30 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on May 18 2013 in Columbia, MD


'Caricature'
Up to 10 feet in height with large, crinkled leaves up to 8 inches in length that are light green with yellow margins.

'Centennial'
Reaches up to 6.5 x 5.5 feet in 5 years, eventually up to 10 x 10 feet.
The foliage is luxuriant deep green and the flowers are ruby-red.
Extremely hardy ( north to zone 3 ), it thrives even in much of Alberta.
Urban tolerant.

'Dark Horse'
Virtually the same as 'Midnight Wine' but slightly larger, reaching about 3 x 3 feet.
I have still not seen this one during late summer but it is reputed to keep its deep purple foliage color better than any other Weigela. Great for contrast in the perennial border even though it is technically a shrub.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.

* photos taken on May 2014 in Harford Co., MD




'Fine Wine'
Compact in habit, reaching up to 5 x 5 ( rarely over 3 ) feet with dark burgundy foliage and profuse pink flowers. This Weigela looks awesome contrasted with white petunias in summer.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.

* photo taken on Sep 14 2013 in Clarksville, MD


* photo taken on Aug 1 2014 in Columbia, MD


'Foliis Purpureis'
A large shrub sometimes reaching 13 x 14 ( usually half or less ) feet with coppery foliage and deep pink flowers.

'Ghost'
Reaches up to 5 x 5 feet, with creamy-yellow foliage contrasting well with deep pink-red flowers. The flowers often repeat sporadically until fall frost. Looks great in front of dark conifers.
Hardy north to zone 4. Very tolerant of heat and humidity, almost never bothered by pests or disease.

'Java Red'
Reaches a maximum size of 8 x 12 ( usually half ) feet with red-purple foliage and dark pink flowers.
Hardy zones 3 to 8.

'Lucifer'
Compact in habit, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 7 feet.
The deep green foliage turns to purple during autumn.
The flowers are dark red.
Hardy north to zone 5.

* photos taken on May 25 2014 in Columbia, MD










'Midnight Wine'
Dwarf and compact in habit, reaching up to 2 x 2.5 feet in 5 years, with an eventual maximum size of 2.5 x 3 feet.
The deep purple foliage contrasts with the deep pink flowers borne all summer long. A good thornless substitute for Crimson Pygmy Barberry.
Hardy zone 4 to 8. Tolerates wet soil.

* photo taken on July 30 2013 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 1 2012 in Windsor, Ontario


'Minor Black'
Reaching a maximum size of 4 x 4 ( rarely over 2.5 ) feet with deep purple foliage.

* photo taken by Milan Havlis ( havlis.cz )


'Nain Rouge'
Dwarf, reaching only 3 x 3 feet in 5 years, eventually 3 x 4 feet.
It bears scarlet flowers. The lush green foliage also turns brilliant scarlet in the fall.
Hardy zone 4 to 8

* photos taken by Milan Havlis ( havlis.cz )




'Pink Delight'
Fast growing reaching up to 7 x 13 feet; this Weigela has green foliage and pink flowers that fade.
It is hardy from zone 3 to 8 and even thrives in Alberta, Canada at the northern end of the Great Plains.

* photos taken on May 26 2014 in Columbia, MD












'Pink Princess'
Reaches up to 6.5 x 6.5 feet in 5 years, with an eventual size of 7 x 8 feet with vivid pink flowers and luxuriant mid-green foliage. Hardy zones 4b to 8.

'Polka'
Originating in Ottawa, Canada; this vigorous, hardy Weigela reaches up to 7 x 7 feet.
The foliage is deep green.
The abundant, bright pink flowers are borne over a long season persisting into early autumn.
Hardy zones 3 to 7.

* photos taken on Sep 29 2013 in Ellicott City, MD






'Tango'
Compact in habit, reaching up to 4 x 4 feet; this Weigela has shiny dark bronze-purple foliage and deep red flowers.
Hardy zones 3b to 8. It even thrives in the harsh climates of the Great Plains north into Alberta, Canada.

* photos taken on June 20 2013 in Columbia, MD






'Variegata'
Reaches up to 6.5 x 6.5 in 5 years, eventually 6.5 x 10 feet, with luxuriant green foliage that is boldly-margined creamy-yellow.
The flowers are pink.

* photo taken on April 28 2010 in Howard County, MD






* photos taken on August 2 2010 in Bayfield, Ontario



* photo taken on May 17 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 2 2012 in Bayfield, Ontario


'Wine & Roses'
Dense and compact, reaching a maximum size of 6.6 x 7 feet. Some records include: 2 nd year - 3 x 4 feet; fastest growth rate - 4 feet.
The glossy foliage is purple during spring, turning to deep purple or sometimes almost black during summer.
The color is better in full sun and can become bronzy-green in the shade.
The flowers are intense pinkish-red.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.







* photo taken on April 28 2010 in Howard County, MD



* photo taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC


Weigela hortensis
A large shrub, reaching a maximum size of 17 x 10 ( typically half that ) feet, that is native to Japan.
The toothed leaves, up to 4 x 2 inches in size, are very downy below.
This Weigela is smothered in 1.5 inch rose-pink flowers in clusters of 3 from mid spring to early summer.
'nivea' large white flowers
Hardy from zone 6a to 9.

Weigela x hybrida ( Weigela hybrids )
Hardy zone 4 to 8.

'Abel Carriere'
To 9 x 12 feet with dark green leaves and pink bell-shaped flowers.

* photos taken on May 20 2014 in Columbia, MD




'Bristol Ruby'
To 10 x 10 feet with intense deep red flowers contrasting with luxuriant mid-green foliage.

* photos taken on May 14 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on May 17 2012 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on May 26 2013 in Columbia, MD


'Bristol White'
Reaches up to 9 x 10 feet with bright green foliage and pure white flowers that sometimes reappear during late summer.

'Candida'
Reaches up to 10 x 10 feet with vivid green leaves and pure white, bell-shaped flowers which often repeat bloom during late summer.

'Chameleon'
Reaches up 6 feet in height with finely-toothed, mid green leaves and pale pink flowers.
Grows well in sun or part shade.

'Eva Rathke'
To 7 x 7 feet with very dark green leaves and deep red, funnel-shaped flowers.

'Eva Supreme'
Like 'Eva Rathke' but more vigorous.

'French Lace'
Reaches up to 5 x 5 feet; eventually 6 feet.
The luxuriant green foliage is boldly edged bright yellow. The foliage turns to deep red and orange during orange.
The flowers are red.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.


* photo taken on May 14 2012 in Howard Co., MD


* photo taken on Aug 31 2013 in Clarksville, MD


'Looymansii Aurea'
A medium-sized shrub, reaching a maximum size of 6 x 6 feet.
The foliage is yellow turning lime green by late summer.
The flowers are bright pink.
Hardy north to zone 5a

'Madame Lemoine'
Pale pink flowers that fade to white.

'Minuet'
Compact in habit, reaching a maximum size of 4 x 5 ( rarely over 3 x 4 ) feet.
This cultivar has oval coppery leaves, up to 3 inches in length.
The flowers are pinkish-red.
Hardy zones 3 to 7.

* photo taken on May 14 2012 in Howard Co., MD


* photo taken by Milan Havlis ( havlis.cz )


* photos taken on May 20 2014 in Columbia, MD










'My Monet'
A dwarf, reaching a maximum size of 3 x 3 feet with foliage variegated white with pink overtones. Some records include: 5 years - 2 x 2 feet.
Hardy zones 4 to 6.

* photo taken on May 14 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 2 2012 in Bayfield, Ontario


* photo taken on July 15 2013 in Howard Co., MD


* photo taken on Aug 4 2013 in Bayfield, Ontario


'Newport Red'
Growing to 8 x 6 feet and very hardy.
The leaves, up to 5 inches in length, are luxuriant green.
The flowers are red.


'Red Prince'
Denser and even more lushly foliaged than 'Newport Red' and reaching up to 8 x 10 feet. Also hardier than 'Newport Red'. This repeat bloomer has scarlet, long lasting flowers.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.





* photo taken on Aug 29 2013 in Clarksville, MD


* photo taken by Milan Havlis ( havlis.cz )


'Rubidor'
Also called Briant Rubidor. Reaches up to 5 x 5 feet in 10 years and eventually 8 x 7 feet.
The dark pink flowers contrasts with glowing yellow-lime foliage.
Hardy zones 4 to 8.

* photo taken on May 19 2011 in Columbia, MD


'Rumba'
Developed in Ottawa, Canada; this cultivar can reach up to 27 x 42 inches in 4 years, eventually up to 4 x 4 feet in size.
It has green tinged purple leaves, up to 3 inches in length.
The deep red flowers are borne over a very long season persisting up to 2 months.
Hardy zones 3b to 7, even thriving in much of Alberta.

'Samba'
Also from Ottawa, Canada; this cultivar can reach up to 3.7 x 4 feet in 10 years, eventually slightly more.
The luxuriant clean deep green leaves, up to 3 inches in length, turn bronze purple late in the fall.
The flowers are pink-red.
Hardy north to zone 3.

'White Knight'
A large shrub, reaching up to 7 x 7 feet in 10 years, with an eventual maximum size of 7 x 10 feet.
The lush green foliage contrasts nicely with the white flowers.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 and has been reported to have only slight dieback at -33 F. It even grows in North Dakota but acts like a perennial rather than a shrub in the coldest years.

Weigela japonica
Similar to Weigela japonica 'Sinica' below but is shorter and with light pink flowers that turn deeper pink later.

Weigela japonica 'Sinica'
A very fast growing, large shrub, reaching a maximum size of 20 x 22 feet, that is native to Japan. Some records include: fastest growth rate - 9 feet.
The thick, corrugated, elliptical leaves, up to 10 x 6 inches, are deep green. The large foliage gives it a lush tropical appearance.
The flowers, borne during late spring, are light pink, later turning to deep pink.
Hardy zones 5 to 8.



* photo taken on May 1 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.








Weigela maximowiczii
A small shrub, reaching up to 4 feet, that is native to the mountains of central Honshu in Japan.
The oval to elliptical foliage is luxuriant mid-green.
The creamy-yellow flowers are borne during late spring.
Hardy zones 6 to 8.

Weigela middendorfiana ( Yellow Weigela )
A rare, fast growing, bushy, erect shrub, reaching a maximum size of 10 x 10 ( rarely over 8 ) feet, that is native to far eastern Russia and northern China.
The leaves, up to 5 x 2 inches, are vivid lush green above, hairy below.
The fragrant, large, pale yellow ( with orange throats ), funnel-shaped flowers are borne during late spring.
Hardy from zone 3 to 7. This Weigela grows best in part shade with protection from strong winds.

Weigela praecox ( Early Weigela )
A fast growing, erect dense shrub, reaching a maximum size of 10 x 10 feet, that is native to northeast Russia, Manchuria, Korea and Japan. Some records include: 10 years - 7 x 10 feet; fastest growth rate - 3 feet.
The leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are mid-green above, hairy beneath.
The clean foliage is rarely bothered by insect or disease
The fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers are pink with yellow throats. They are borne during late spring.
Hardy from zone 5 to 9; Manchurian clones should be tested in zones 3 and 4

'April Snow'
Dense and upright, reaching up to 6 x 5 feet, with pure white flowers borne during mid-spring ( early for a Weigela ).
Hardy zones 4 to 9 ( this ultra hardy selection originated in Shanxi Province in northern China )

'Variegata'
Lush medium green foliage with wide cream to yellow colored margins with some red tint. Flowers open deep pink fading to white however often remaining pink in the throats. Very attractive.

Weigela subsessilis 'Canary'
A shrub, reaching up to 10 x 10 feet, that is native to Korea.
The yellow flowers are borne in clusters during mid spring.
Hardy zones 5 to 7.

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