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Midnight Wine Weigela: Reddish Pink Trumpet-Shaped Flowers

Midnight Wine Weigela: Reddish Pink Trumpet-Shaped Flowers

Midnight Wine WeigelaIf the weigelas that you have looked at in the past have been tempting, but just too large, midnight wine weigela may be the perfect fit. This unique deciduous shrub with its burgundy-purplish foliage and a profusion of reddish pink trumpet-shaped flowers grows only 2 to 3 feet tall making it indispensable as an eye-catching specimen in the garden or container. It is ideal in the perennial or shrub border for alluring color and to attract hummingbirds plus it makes a great low hedge. Because of its size it also makes a great specimen for planting in containers.

Midnight wine weigela is a dwarf version of the popular weigela ‘wine and roses’. It is a dense, rounded, low-growing deciduous shrub that typically grows to only 18 to 24 inches tall and as wide. It features profuse reddish-pink flowers and burgundy-purple foliage. Reddish-pink, funnel-shaped flowers (1.25 inches long) appear singly or in clusters along the branches of the previous year’s growth in mid to late spring, with sparse and scattered repeat bloom often occurring on new growth as the summer progresses. Elliptic to obovate, glossy, burgundy-purple leaves (3 inches long) turn very dark purple in autumn. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

How To Make Your Midnight Wine Weigela Thrive

The ideal growth condition is moist to well-drained soil; it will tolerate sandy or clay conditions. Choose a location with full sun to light or open shade. The foliage will be the deepest color with full sun. Once established it needs only occasional watering during dry weather to look its best. Very little pruning is required when the plant is young. Once midnight wine weigela is well established, older twiggy stems and weak shoots should be removed after flowering. This will encourage the vigorous new growth that provides the best show.

General Midnight Wine Weigela Information

Pests and Diseases

No serious insect or disease problems.

Propagation

Take semi-ripewood cuttings in late summer, or autumn from this year’s current growth that does not bend.  Pinch out the soft growth tip of your cutting and trim it to about to 3 to 4 inches, make your straight cut just below a leaf bud, or node.

Garden Uses

Midnight Wine Weigela is ideal for small spaces; it can be grouped or placed in mass in the foregrounds of perennial or shrub borders; it can also be quite effective as a low hedge. You can successfully incorporate it into a foundation planting.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Caprifoliaceae
  • Common Name: Weigela
  • Foliage Type: Deciduous
  • Plant Type: Mounding shrub
  • Plant Height: 3 feet
  • Plant Width: 3 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 9
  • Bloom Time: April to June
  • Bloom Color: Reddish-pink
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Light Exposure: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Regular watering during dry periods
  • Tolerate: Clay soil
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Leaf: Colorful, good fall color
  • Attracts: Hummingbirds

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2 Comments

  1. A real beauty! Do wish we could grow this one here in our cold zone 3.

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