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Beauty Bush
Scientific Name: Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebn.
Synonym:
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia  amabilis)
Beauty Bush at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in late May
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-11,14-20
USDA: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full sun (for optimal flowers) to light shade

Origin: Central China

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m), 10 feet spread (3 m); brown flaky bark; ovate pubescent leaves with a long tip, 1.5 to 3 inches long (4-7.5 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water, well drained soil

Propagation: Division, or cuttings in summer


The genus Kolkwitzia contains only this species. The blossom in spring is extremely nice, but this shrub is not particularly remarkable the rest on the year.

Cultural Practices:
Pruning is essential to keep this shrub attractive, as it tends to become leggy. Trim the flowering wood in winter

Blooming Habits:
Clusters of bell shaped, pink, flowers with yellow throat, 1 inch long (2.5 cm), in late spring.

Fruiting Habits:
Hairy, ovoid, capsule, 0.25 inch long (6 mm).


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