Kolkwitzia Graebn.

Commemorating Richard Kolkwitz (b. 1873), Professor of Botany in Berlin, c. 1900.

Deciduous shrub to 3 m or so tall with upright branches and bark peeling on old plants. Leaves opposite, ovate, to about 6 cm long, 4 cm wide,margins sometimes saw-toothed, tip long-pointed. Flower clusters terminal; spring to summer. Flowers in pairs on thin stalks. Calyx of 5-6 persistent hairy sepals. Corolla of 5 lobes, about 1.5 cm long, bell-shaped, hairy, white, suffused with pink, throat with yellow-orange markings. Stamens 4. Ovary 3-chambered but only 1 fertile. Fruit a 1-seeded capsule.

Grown for the delicate masses of feathery pink flowers.

Softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings and suckers.

Fruit an egg-shaped, whiskery, beaked, 1-seeded capsule with persistent, non-enlarging, elongated sepals.

1 species from C China.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Caprifoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Dipsacales
family       Caprifoliaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebn.