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Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush)

Beauty Bush


Prized for its outstanding spring flowers, Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush) is a dense, upright-arching and vase-shaped, fountain-like deciduous shrub. From mid to late spring, it boasts a profusion of small baby-pink flowers with yellow throats for several weeks. They smother the foliage of oval dark blue-green leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm), which turn reddish in the fall. Attractive to pollinators, they are followed by pinkish-brown capsule-like fruits that usually persist on the plant. The shrub remains handsome even after the leaves drop, thanks to its exfoliating light grayish-brown bark, which peels in attractive shreds on the older stems. Easy to grow, Beauty Bush is perfect for background or hedging, or mixed with other large shrubs.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (2-3 m)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, hedges and screens, foundation plantings.
  • Prune immediately after flowering. Cut back flowered growth to strong young shoots lower down. Each year cut out up to 20 percent of aging stems to near the base.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or from suckers.
  • Native to eastern China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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