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PlantFiles: Beauty Bush
Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud'

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: Pink Cloud

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By simple layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nmbirder On Dec 15, 2013, nmbirder from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Mine has gotten huge growing on the NE corner of my house (full western light). I rarely feed it, but it gets Yum-Yum mix in the spring. It gets watered when the lawn does-only allowed 3 days a week in high summer here. I have decomposed granite soil. It does shed swaths of bark, which the cats like to scratch, but blooms and blooms from May through the summer, attracting insects of all sorts, hummingbirds, bushtits, hawkmoths, bees...I bought it on sale in a 5 gallon pot about 20 years ago.
I love its "vase" shape, sweet scent and the arching branches. It can take dry, windy, alkaline soil, cold springs, minimal attention.

Positive bobbieberecz On Jun 12, 2013, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I love this beautiful bush. I was told it would only bloom for about a week then it "would just be an unimpressive bush." Mine is 3 years old and quickly grew to 5 X 5 or more, is arching and has been in gorgeous bloom for 6 weeks with no fading blooms yet! When the blooms are gone there's plenty of other flowers and bushes to feast the eye on. It's planted in fast draining soil with only early morning sun and dappled late afternoon sun. I'm in NW Washington in Z6.

Positive outdoorlover On Jun 10, 2010, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A friend gave me a cutting that she rooted and I planted it as a 5" tall plant in late spring 2009. This year so far it has grown to about 15" inches tall. I am excited about having this beautiful flowing bush. It is growing in part shade in sandy soil.

Positive boneyween On May 8, 2006, boneyween from Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

In my experience, Pink Cloud Beauty Bush is beautiful, floriferous, fast-growing, hardy, maintenance-free shrub. Mine is planted in a site where it receives only afternoon sun (zone 5b), yet it has performed well. It is a large shrub, but it doesn't take up a lot of space because it has an upright growth habit. It does not need to be pruned until you want to limit its size. But why would you? It blooms from top to bottom. Each year it produces more blooms than the year before, and the blooms seem to last longer each year.


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

Sebastopol, California
Granite City, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Seligman, Missouri
Jersey City, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rochester, New York
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pembroke, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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