Weigelas have an old-fashioned charm but this one is special and offers even more. It is only 12” high and compact, forming a neat mound. Its leaves are variegated with cream white edges that turn pink in the sun, but it still produces the pretty pink flowers that weigelas are known for. Use it to line a border or path, or put it in a container where you can enjoy the hummingbirds that come to dine on its nectar. It is hardier than other weigelas and goes dormant earlier but it comes back each year with little care.

Type: Deciduous dwarf shrub

Bloom: Wine-colored funnel-shaped flowers in late spring

Foliage: Variegated leaves with cream edges that turn pink in sun

Size: 12-18” H x 18” W

Light: Full sun (best color development) to part shade (leaf margins will remain cream colored)

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained

Fertilizer: Apply slow release fertilizer in early spring

Hardiness: Zones 4-9 (heat: AHS zones 9-1)

Care: Water weekly the first year while it becomes established; prune when necessary.

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

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By Karen