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PlantFiles: Weigela
Weigela florida

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Weigela (wy-GEE-la) (Info)
Species: florida (FLOR-id-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Weigela rosea

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bobbieberecz On Jun 7, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I've had a wine and roses shrub for about 5 years and it flowers nicely every year. It's part of a shrub border and keeps to the tag's stated height of 5 to 6 feet. I haven't ever trimmed it and it's around 5 feet right now. I have sandy/loam soil which dries out quickly and since it's placed between two smoke bushes, which don't like too much water, the weigela also doesn't get watered much. Even in our 90 - 100* weather the plant never seems to wilt or stress. My daughter has the shell pink variety in clay soil. It also does well with little to no care and is fantastically beautiful----actually, much more so (in my humble opinion) than the wine and roses. Every rhodie that dies will be replaced with one of these beautiful shrubs (I have 15) as they don't seem to have pests, diseases and they're not water hogs. I DO mulch every year.

Positive mawmah On Mar 24, 2011, mawmah from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

The one that I have I got the start from my grandma, up in the mountains north of Clarksville, Ar. I tried every way to get a start & none worked till I took a branch anchored it to the ground & covered it with dirt, when it had rooted I cut it off of the main plant & it grew like crazy. I got my start before my grandma passed away in 1976 & moved it here in 1985. I don't do anything to it, it blooms everyyear unless a freeze or frost gets it. I don't water it or feed it, because I just didn't have the time or energy to do so. It is special to me because it came from my grandma. How long she had hers or where it came from I don't know. I know that she didn't water hers because she would have had to draw the water for it.

Positive beverly710 On Mar 24, 2008, beverly710 from Newalla, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Got mine as a gift in a little pot, planted it in a mostly sunny area and it's grown to about 8 or 9 feet. I don't do a thing to
it and thrives. Hummingbirds love it and deer leave it alone.

Positive mickgene On May 21, 2006, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the first plant the hummingbirds come to in the spring. And the songbirds use it for cover. Mine was planted 6 years ago and is about 9' tall, despite yearly pruning of the less productive branches. When it's in bloom, little else can compete with its beauty.

Positive TBGDN On May 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have two of these deciduous shrubs on the south lawn area near the house: One adjacent to the patio off the back deck; and another nearby, easily visible from the deck chairs for hummingbird patrol. In addition I added two 'Red Prince' cultivars several years ago as added hummingbird 'insurance'.

Negative kbaumle On Oct 18, 2005, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have the "Wine and Roses" Weigela florida, and for some reason, this plant doesn't like me. I've had it for three years and it hasn't performed well at all. It starts out great in the spring, has a few blooms, then loses all the bottom leaves. Right now, it looks woody and only has leaves on the ends of the branches. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong! It's in a sunny location, well-drained soil that can be affected by drought in the hot summer.

Positive 1cav On May 24, 2004, 1cav from Charleston, IL wrote:

I live outside of Charleston, IL. zone 5 on hardiness chart. I've had the Red Prince for 2 years. It is a beauty of a plant and seems to bloom a little more during the summer,but nothing like the spring. I've bought more to plant this year.
Victor Castle

Positive llllll On Nov 4, 2002, llllll wrote:

I prefer Weigela florida 'variegata', as its variagated leaves have a nice light green color, which goes well with dark evergreens (in my case thuja). As long as I keep them well watered, they sporatically shoot pinkish white bell shaped flowers (very nice looking) all Summer into Fall. There is also a dwarf cultivater, I have two of which flank my front steps.

Neutral smiln32 On Jul 31, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have two of these in my yard and they do not like the shade at all - spindly growth and few flowers. Though they grow all over in the South, they are actually native to Japan.

Positive LEP On Jul 24, 2002, LEP wrote:

I have three of these shrubs in my garden, they are the most prolific flowering bushes I have ever had. They are wonderful in spring with their masses of flowers. I feel these shrubs are coming into there own once more. I would not hesitate to recommend these shrubs to any body.

Neutral Terry On Mar 10, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fast-growing deciduous shrub. Some varieties are more compact than species. In late spring, arching branches bear flowers (hues depend on variety)

Note: Weigela flowers on last year's growth; prune immediately after blooming (and only if necessary to enhance shape.)


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

Gadsden, Alabama
Juneau, Alaska
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Palo Alto, California
Sebastopol, California
Boulder, Colorado
Fort Pierce, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Douglas, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Muncie, Indiana
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Franklin, Louisiana
Bethel, Maine
Valley Lee, Maryland
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Eastpointe, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Madrid, Missouri
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Bolton Landing, New York
Buffalo, New York
Himrod, New York
New Hyde Park, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Rochester, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Fremont, Ohio
Salem, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Owasso, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Darlington, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Greenback, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Maud, Texas
Sherman, Texas
Saint Albans, Vermont
Linden, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington
Kent, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Princeton, West Virginia
Hudson, Wisconsin

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