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Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and Purple in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

weigela 'Foliis Purpureis'

Family

Caprifoliaceae


Weigela are bushy deciduous shrubs with simple, ovate leaves and small clusters of funnel-shaped white, yellow, pink or red flowers on short side shoots in late spring and summer

'Foliis Purpueis' is a small, spreading deciduous shrub with ovate, dull purplish-green leaves and clusters of funnel-shaped, rosy-pink flowers paler within

Synonym(s)

  • Weigela florida 'Purpurea'
  • Weigela 'Foliis Purpureis'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most moist but well-drained fertile soils in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Chalk, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in late autumn and winter. Seed may sown in containers in a coldframe in autumn, but they are unlikely to grow true to form

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2. Responds well to hard renovative pruning

Pests

Susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms

Diseases

Generally disease free