Kolkwitzia: Growing Guide

Profusely flowering deciduous shrub of graceful habit. Quite winter-hardy.

Situation:

Magnificent shrub for any garden, even the smallest. Does not become unsightly after flowering has ceased, and attractive colour combinations occur.

Soil:

Any standard soil will do.

Propagation May be grown from cuttings or seed in spring. Cuttings taken in summer may also root satisfactorily.

Kolkwitzia amabilis, beauty bush: Height and width to 2 m; large plumes of pinky-lilac flowers spotted with orange in late spring and early summer; the flower-stems being covered with bundles of white hairs. Leaves 3-7 cm, oval, slightly serrated and sharply pointed; leaf-stalk 2-3 cm long and downy; upper surface of the leaves dull green. The common species is beautiful enough, but for discriminating garden lovers there are a number of varieties such as ‘Rosea’, with deep-pink, and ‘Pink Cloud’ with clear-pink flowers.

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