Virginia Tech Dendrology

beautybush Caprifoliaceae Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebn. Listen to the Latin symbol: KOAM80
Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, entire or with a few sparse shallow teeth, long tip, dull green above, paler below.
Flower: Pink, bell shaped, 1 inch long, in showy, numerous clusters, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Hairy, bristly capsule, 1/4 inch long in loose clusters.
Twig: Slender, at first fuzzy, but later glabrous; buds small.
Bark: Light brown, it splits vertically and eventually peels and exfoliates.
Form: Arching, spreading shrub, graceful hanging branches, reaches 8 feet tall, usually as wide as it is tall.
Looks like: old fashioned weigela - glossy abelia - fuzzy deutzia - Amur honeysuckle
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information: Kolkwitzia amabilis 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