Weigela Styriaca

Weigela Styriaca

Caprifoliaceae

Weigela Styriaca

This is a hybrid of unknown origin. It is believed to be derived from Weigela coraeensis, which is widely distributed in Japan and Korea and has often been used for breeding purposes. Weigela styriaca is a shrub about 3m (10 ft) high, flowering profusely in late May and June. The flowers are borne in axillary cymes of as many as 12 blossoms which are 2 to 4cm (¾ to 1½ in) across, practically symmetrical, with broad corolla suddenly narrowing into a funnel, and are coloured bright red or pinkish. Other well-known forms are ‘Abel Carriere’, dark pink; ‘Bristol Ruby’, red; ‘Candida’, pure white; ‘Eva Ratlike’, dark red, profusely flowering; ‘Newport Red’, large, red flowers; ‘Othello’, pale carmine-red; and ‘Congo’, with dark red, closed, bell-shaped flowers.

Weigelas are often planted as solitary specimens or in groups in parks and gardens. Some low-growing varieties are suitable for small gardens. Their arching branches almost touch the ground and when in flower they are literally covered with blossoms. They are very effective combined with spiraeas, deutzias or mock orange. They do not need heavy pruning but it is advisable to thin them out after flowering.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Ornamental Shrubs, Plants & Trees | Tags: | Comments Off on Weigela Styriaca

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