Weigela florida (Bunge) A.DC.

Shrubs mostly 2-3 m tall. Branchlets hairless or with longitudinal lines of hair. Leaves to about 8 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, ovate to oblong or obovate, saw-toothed, long-pointed and with hair on the veins below; stalks short. Flowers solitary; spring to summer. Calyx with sepals lanceolate and long-pointed, to about 12 mm long, split to about halfway. Corolla funnel-shaped, to over 4 cm long, pale to deep pink, carmine or red. Fruit capsules cylindrical, to 2.5 cm long, containing slightly winged seeds. [W. rosea Lindl.]

Japan, Korea, N China


Other species that are occasionally offered include the following:

W. coraeensis Thunb. from Japan has pale pink flowers darkening with age, hairless stems and leaves, and linear sepals that are cut to the base. [W. amabilis van Houtte].

There are 2 yellow-flowered species occasionally offered: W. middendorfiana (Carrière) K. Koch from Japan and N China, which has stalked flowers with the narrowed portion of the corolla shorter than the inflated part; and W. maximowiczii (S. Moore) Rehder from Japan, which has flowers that are hardly stalked, the narrowed portion to about 2 cm long and longer than the inflated part.

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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Weigela florida 'Alba'

Flowers white, becoming pale pink.

Often treated as a botanical variety or form.

Listed as early as 1861.

Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureis'

Dwarf shrub with leaves suffused maroon-purple. Flowers dark pink with deep purple ovaries. ['Purpurea']

Arose in France, developing from a batch of Chinese seed c. 1921.

Weigela florida 'Variegata'

Flowers deep pink. Leaves mostly with creamy margins. ['Aureovariegata', 'Variegata Aurea']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Dipsacales
family       Caprifoliaceae
genus        Weigela Thunb.