This Chinese genus contains only one species, K. amabilis, which is better known as Beautybush. It is prized for its glorious, fountain-like display of pink flowers and its carefree nature in all but desert climates. A fine selection is called "Pink Cloud,' and its tubular flowers are a rich, warm pink with yellow throats. These arresting blooms are carried on a dense, twiggy bush that grows to 10′ and forms a perfect vase shape when set out in an open space with plenty of sun. The late May performance is perfectly breathtaking.
For more information on the growing and care of Kolkwitzia, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
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Latin Name Pronunciation: kol-kwit'-zee-ah
Dense, twiggy, fountain-shaped shrub with tubular flowers in late May. Often seen in fine gardens planted in the 30's and 40's, this reliable beauty is making a comeback. No serious pests or diseases. Perhaps due to relatively high nighttime temperatures, the flowers of plants grown in the South are a less vibrant shade than those of plants grown in the North.
CULTURE: Easy to grow in full sun (or partial shade in the South) and average soil. Once established, regularly remove the oldest canes (stems) at the base after bloom in spring.
GROWTH: Fast; 12" or more yearly depending on growing conditions. Can grow to 15' if not pruned regularly.
PRUNING: Prune after bloom to thin out branches and remove some of the oldest branches at ground level to renew the shrub. Plant blooms on old wood, so if you prune in the early spring, you are removing that spring's flower display.
SUGGESTED USE: Plant with an underskirt of Peonies, in large shrub borders, or in the back of a mixed shrub and perennial border. Plants are not particularly effective when grown as single specimens.