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Beauty Bush

Kolkwitzia amabilis

A lovely medium-size shrub with erect branches that arch gracefully. Displays profuse clusters of small, bell-shaped, pink with yellow throat flowers for a great summer accent. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationkolk-WIT-zee-a a-MAB-a-lis
LoreE. H. Wilson was so enamored by the flora of China at the turn of the century, and its potential destruction by the charcoal industry, that he was nicknamed "Chinese" Wilson for his efforts at preservation long before ecological concerns were popular.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 6 to 10 ft. high, equal width.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasBeauty Bush is among the small number of very high-quality shrubs prized for their graceful almost weeping form and charming flowers. It makes a perfect foundation plant that covers unsightly footings, crawl spaces, vents and utility pipes. Plant along fences or take advantage of its reliability by using as a background plant for your favorite flowering perennials. Good to soften corners and as a specimen it presents a decidedly lush character to any front-yard composition.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGray-green
Growth HabitArching
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureFall Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsUse this plant with lots of soft-colored, easy-care perennials such as the lavender Prairie Blue Eyes Daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids Prairie Blue Eyes), the deep-blue Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) and Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Then fill in with drifts of Wayne Roderick Fleabane (Erigeron x 'Wayne Roderick') and Lavender SwirlTM Trailing Lantana (Lantana sellowiana 'Monswee'). This shrub also pairs well with Shiny Xylosma (Xylosma congestum) and Sunrise Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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