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Weigela | Plant Profile

Weigela (Weigelia) are dense, medium to tall shrubs than can grow wider than tall. The long, thin branches of mature plants may begin to arch towards the ground, creating an elegant appearance. Hundreds of small pink flowers cover the shrub in spring and may return sparingly throughout the rest of the growing season. The serrated leaves are a medium green color in summer with no significant fall interest. While the plentiful flowers produce fruit, they are insignificant and non-showy. However, the flowers may attract hummingbirds.

Weigela prefers average fertility, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun. Some light shade can be tolerated, but the best flowering occurs in full sun. Pruning is not required but may be desired. Prune immediately after flowering. Pruning too late may result in the loss of new flower buds for next spring.

Weigela is often used as informal, showy shrub borders. They can be aligned to create a division between small yards or to provide privacy. Their plentiful flowers are showy enough to allow them to be planted singularly as an accent piece.


Weigela Characteristics

There are multiple varieties of Weigela that are popular in the Pittsburgh climate. They required similar care and maintenance, but the appearances can differ.

'Wine and Rose' (pictured) may only grow to 5' tall and slightly wider. 'Wine and Rose' is popular for its plentiful flowers and merlot foliage. These cultivars have been awarded Plant Award gold medals in Pennsylvania.

'Variegated' may grow to 10' tall and 12' wide. In spring they bloom rose pink flowers. The foliage of this cultivar is variegated, meaning that individual leaves contain more than one color. These leaves are medium green on the inside with pale yellow edging.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
4.00 - 5.00'
4.00 - 6.00'
Bloom Time
April - June
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?