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Beauty Bush | Plant Profile

Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) are deciduous shrubs with arching branches. These shrubs grow into a vase shape and are covered by flowers in the spring. The bell-shaped flowers are light pink with yellow interiors. After the spring bloom, small fruits and dark green leaves populate the plant. The leaves turn to a non-showy yellow in fall. Winter brings exfoliating bark, creating year-round interest.

Beauty Bush prefers average fertility, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun. Some pruning of these shrubs is advisable. Cut away dead wood as necessary and thin out overgrown stems. Cutting to the ground every few years is an option to keep the shrub looking tidy, but will result in a loss of flowering for the following spring.

Beauty Bush are coveted for their masses of spring blooms, as evidenced by the name. They can be planted singularly as an ornamental feature or aligned to create a screen or hedge.


Beauty Bush Characteristics

Beauty Bush are low maintenance ornamental shrubs. The plethora of flowers bloom from April to May. The fountain-like habitat of these shrubs add to the ornamental desirability. These shrubs are rarely damaged by deer and can generally tolerate the clay soils that are common in Pennsylvania.

There are few significant disease or insect problems that plague Beauty Bush.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
6.00 - 10.00'
6.00 - 10.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?