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KOLKWITZIA amabilis

Image of Kolkwitzia amabilis

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

KOLKWITZIA amabilis

Plant Common Name

Beautybush

General Description

Beautybush lives up to its name in late spring when its branches are laden with pink flowers. This large, deciduous shrub is native to slopes, roadsides, and brushy areas in eastern and central China.

The mid- to dark-green, oval leaves are paired along the upright to slightly arching branches of this twiggy shrub. Older stems have brown, flaky bark. The bell-shaped flowers are pale- to medium-pink with a yellow throat. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds visit the blooms. The small fruits that follow are pinkish brown and fuzzy. The foliage may go reddish in fall.

Grow beautybush in full sun for maximum bloom. Any reasonably fertile, well-drained soil will suffice. Flowers develop on year-old wood so prune plants immediately after they bloom, leaving strong new shoots for next year's display. Use beautybush in a mixed shrub border or hedge where it can dazzle onlookers with its blossoms and fade into anonymity for the remainder of the year. Selection 'Pink Cloud' has brighter, slightly deeper pink flowers; 'Maradco' (known as Dream Catcherâ„¢) has gold, bronze-tinged foliage that turns orange in fall.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    9'-12' / 2.7m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No