Beauty Bush 'Dream Catcher'

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kolkwitzia (kol-KWIT-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: amabilis (a-MAH-bih-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Dream Catcher
Additional cultivar information:(aka Maradco)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Forest Park, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2 reports)

Lindsborg, Kansas

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Bloomingburg, New York

Riverhead, New York

Trenton, Nova Scotia

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Custer, South Dakota

Woodlawn, Tennessee

Mc Kinney, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Edmonds, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2015, Rosiespring from Custer, SD wrote:

Mine was planted in 2012 in mixed shade, receiving maybe one or two hours of afternoon sun. The soil has a lot of clay - plantains and white clover are duking it over the "lawn" around it but Dream Catcher is healthy. Not growing fast but leaves are the lovely chartreuse with pink-coppery tips and stems. Climate tends to be dry and I don't water often, but shrub hasn't shown a problem. I am enjoying watching it mature, even if it isn't fast - it's just so pretty.


On Jun 18, 2015, harvissa from Oak Park, IL wrote:

It took a long time for this plant to establish itself on the east side of my house, in a narrow side yard. It gets a lot of morning and a little late afternoon sun. It is about 8 years old now, and this year finally it started shooting up in height. Up to now, it was only 2-3 feet tall, with a lot of horizontal branches. Now it has a strong vertical stem, and is 5- 6 feet tall. Also for the first time, I saw a pink flower in spring. Only one, but that's a start. I rated it positive because it really is a beauty. Reddish branches and stem with chartreuse leaves, some of which have rosy tips. I planted this alongside the house so we could look out on it from some windows on our high first floor. I love the Japanese concept of looking out on nature, and this plant allows us to do ... read more


On Dec 8, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a superb foliage plant that grows shorter than the species, with growth more horizontal. I've never seen one over 5' tall.

I haven't seen it bloom, and I'm not sure I care.

The cultivar name is 'Maradco'. "Dream Catcher" is a proprietary trade name.

Dirr says this species is hardy to Z4.


On Jan 12, 2014, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I've had this plant for about 5 years now. At first I had it planted in a dry garden under a cedar and two oaks. Two years ago I moved it out from there as it did not thrive, and put it into a somewhat moister garden on a slight hill in part shade where it gets a few hours of direct sun. The shrub has grown wonderfully these past two years. It did however scorch in the sun. It is about to be moved again to a farm where I'll put it in open shade upon the advice of others in this forum. Such a pretty plant. Mine does get the chartreuse foliage and it stays pretty nice. No blooms yet but perhaps this year since last year was such a good year.


On Aug 6, 2013, rteets from Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had my Dream Catcher about 5 years now. I will say that just this year it has come into its glory. I had the same experience as many posters before me. It looked like a more sprawling plant without the color I'd hoped and the blooms were pretty much non-existent. This year all that changed. I kept pruning out the branches that were close to the ground and it developed a magnificent vase shape. I took out a tree which gave it more sun and the color improved immensely. Finally, it bloomed! It is stunning. By accident I have some allium "Sensation" planted around it and they bloom at the same time and mimic each others colors. Beautiful. Basically I'd say be patient with this one. It's worth the wait.


On Aug 22, 2011, cynthisix from Forest Park, IL wrote:

I planted this bush in the summer of 2010. As I'm a terrible gardener, I did not do much to help it along (no fertilizer, hardly watered beyond rain (zone 6)). It seemed fine until the spring of 2011 when it looked dead. I didn't lose hope though, I cut back the dead branches, fertilized, watered, and mulched my dead little stump and it came back! Now it's about 12" wide and 12" tall with bright yellow foliage. These seem to be tough little guys, just perfect for me. It gets full morning sun and afternoon partial shade. I'm looking forward to watching it grow and maybe even flower one day.


On Jul 20, 2011, hipgranny63 from Edmonds, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my. first year with this plant and so far, I'm a little worried that it will spread out too far and not up! I have it against a fence and it's about three feet in diameter, about six inches high and just spread out, on the ground, not at all what I had expected from the tag description. I am thinking of putting it in a container to give it some height. I did see it with a trellis support in the nursery, so maybe I'll try that.

Two years later (spring 2013), I can now say my Beauty Bush is doing very well! It's now about 5 feet tall and wide. I did provide a trellis and climbing structure to help it be more upright as it grew. I have to prune it to keep it in bounds as I don't have a lot of space in my small garden, but it's now flowering for the first time. I... read more


On Jun 9, 2010, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

I got one in a two gallon pot in 2008 and two more in 2009. Today, I bought three more because one of the ones I planted last year is performing splendidly in open shade. The foliage color is wonderful. The deer have been something of a problem. Yes, ongoing growth from older branches is rather horizontal, but as the shrub establishes itself, vigorous new growth comes straight up from the ground. As long as the plant has what it needs, new growth will be very vigorous and colorful.


On May 4, 2010, Jay3fer from Toronto
Canada wrote:

I like this plant very much for what it is, but it has disappointed me in a few ways for what it is not.
Granted, I started with a VERY small one, and it has continued to grow nicely; we are now into its third year in the garden. However, I mostly bought it because I was intrigued by the gorgeous foliage colours... which I haven't really seen so far. It just seems to leaf out all chartreuse and stay that way.
Don't care much about the flowers, but I haven't seen any of those either. I guess I have to be patient and perhaps all of that will come.
I should also mention that this is a VERY floppy plant. I had to support it with miniature fence sections (a peony ring or small tomato cage would have worked, too) or it would have just flopped out its branches all ove... read more


On Sep 20, 2009, Patt52 from Rydal, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased two Beauty Bush 'Dream Catcher' this summer. They were small plants so I potted them up in large containers on our patio out back. This area gets hot afternoon sun, so I was afraid at first it would be too much sun. But after a few months of watching, it has proven to be one of the most beautiful plants I have ever seen. The bright golden foliage just sparkles in the sun. So I believe it's a sun loving plant. I'm going to plant them in my garden this fall, because they are growing so fast. Can't wait till this spring to see them in bloom!


On May 31, 2009, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

Purchased "Dream Catcher this year... In my opinion the foliage is even more vibrant than in the photos... I am in 5A and have the plant in full sun... At only 1' 6" tall I am seeing the pinkish white flowers... The plant is a standout in the garden. And with Kolkwitzia being decently hardy, and extremely reliable... I Give this plant a 10/10.


On Sep 10, 2008, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased a small plant online last fall (2007) and overwintered it after repotting it into a trade gallon pot. It made it through the winter fine (I'm in zone 6b) sunk in the ground and mulched, so I planted it in what I hope will be its permanent location- a protected corner on the NW side of my house as an understory plant . It gets indirect bright light until noon, then bright filtered light until around 3 pm, and moderate filtered light for the rest of the day. Watering is even and adequate, soil is clay based but with lots of organic matter to loosen it up.

Dream Catcher isn't as vibrantly colored as I'd hoped, but my plant is still young and it does show some signs of increased foliar color as it gets older. The foliage is more of a pale green, not the vibrant c... read more


On Jun 16, 2008, bmorte from McKinney, TX wrote:

I planted 'Dream Catcher' as an understory plant (according to purchasing instructions) and it is coming along alright for its second year. It is my understanding that it takes 2 to 3 years to become established. It has beautiful multi-colored folliage, but it is still quite small and has not yet bloomed. I will wait one more year and then consider that it might need more sun. Beth