old fashioned weigela Caprifoliaceae Weigela
florida (Siebold & Zucc.) K. Koch symbol: WEFL2
Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval with a long extended tip, 2 to 4 inches long, finely serrated margins, green above and slightly paler below.
Flower: Very showy, light pink to rosy-red, 5 petals, overall funnel shape, appearing in large numbers in late spring.
Fruit: Dry, 2-valved capsule.
Twig: Moderate, gray-brown, scruffy with two rows (appearing as lines) of short hairs running between nodes, conspicuous lenticels, buds with several visible scales present.
Bark: Gray-brown, shallow grooves, ridges flaky.
Form: Shrub up to 10 feet with a round crown and graceful arching limbs.
Looks like: beautybush - Amur honeysuckle - fuzzy deutzia - glossy abelia
Additional Range Information: Weigela florida is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson