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PlantFiles: Weigela
Weigela florida 'Bristol Ruby'

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)
Cultivar: Bristol Ruby

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LC711 On Jul 3, 2005, LC711 from Des Plaines, IL wrote:

This grows beautifully in our (IL) front yard. The flowers are profuse, last several weeks and there is a second, albeit smaller, showing later in the summer. We have never gone a season without a passerby asking what kind of shrub it is and commenting on the beauty and abundance of the flowers. It looks a little yukky after the flowers die, but they fall quickly and the bright green leaves then shine.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Nov 21, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This cultivar was developed at Bristol Nursery, England in 1941. It was somewhat of a breakthrough as it was among the hardiest cultivars developed up to that time. The growth form is more upright than many Weigela.


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

Merced, California
Cordele, Georgia
Waukegan, Illinois
Dracut, Massachusetts
Brunswick, Missouri
Reading, Pennsylvania
Atlanta, Texas
Austin, Texas
Waverly, Virginia
Grand Mound, Washington
Woodinville, Washington

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