Kolkwitzia amabilis

Scientific name: Kolkwitzia amabilis


Common names: “Beauty bush”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 5-9

Light: Full sun – semi shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Average

Moisture: Average


Plant Size: 8-12′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Arching branches bearing ovate leaves, older branches have peeling bark

Flower: Abundant clusters of small, bell-shaped pink flowers, each with a yellow throat, from late spring, followed by rusty red fluffy fruit

Pruning: Prune out 1/5-1/3 of older stems right to the ground on established shrubs after bloom

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Cottage and informal gardens

Propagate: By cuttings, layering and suckers

Pests & Disease: None

Comments: Not a fussy plant, easy care

Cultivars: K. a. ‘Pink Cloud’ ~AGM winner


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