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Weigela hortensis - (Siebold.&Zucc.)K.Koch.

Common Name
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Common on sunny hills and mountains at elevations of 20 - 1800 metres[275].
Range E. Asia - C. and N. Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Weigela hortensis


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Summary

UPDATE 12/09/2011: This name is unresolved, but some data suggest that it is synonymous with Diervilla hortensis Siebold & Zucc..


Physical Characteristics

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Weigela hortensis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Young leaves - cooked[105, 177]. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails. A tea is made from the leaves[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in most fertile soils[11, 200]. Prefers a moist well-drained soil in sun or partial shade[200]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[200]. Plants are very floriferous and can exhaust themselves, literally flowering themselves to death. The flowers are borne in the leaf nodes of the previous years growth and any pruning is therefore best done as soon as the plant has finished flowering[182]. The flowers have a soft sweet perfume[245]. Closely related to W. japonica[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Softwood basal cuttings, 10 - 12cm long, in a sandy soil in a cold frame in early summer[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 8 - 10 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[200]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth. 20 cm long, November in a sheltered outdoor nursery bed[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Weigela coraeensis Shrub5.0 5-9  LMHSNM10 
Weigela decora Shrub5.0 5-9  LMHSNM10 
Weigela floribundaCrimson weigelaShrub2.5 5-9  LMHSNM10 
Weigela floridaOldfashioned weigela, Rose Weigela, Old Fashioned WeigelaShrub3.0 4-8 MLMHSNM00 
Weigela japonica Shrub5.0 5-9  LMHSNM01 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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