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Growing Weigela

Growing Weigela

Spilled Wine Weigela



Weigela (pronounced why-GEE-luh) is a popular shrub with attractive tubular flowers in late spring to summer. It is good for borders, foundation plantings, massing, and dwarf varieties can be grown in large containers. Its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Plants are hardy in zones 4 to 8.

How to Plant

Choose a full sun or partly shaded spot in well-drained soil. Plant potted Weigela in spring after the last frost by mixing compost or other organic matter into a hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than in the pot.


Weigela is easy-to-grow and low-maintenance. Flowering is strongest in a full sun location that receives 6 or more hours of direct sun per day. Varieties with purple foliage develop the best leaf color in full sun.

Weigela can be pruned in spring after flowering if desired to shape plants or keep them more compact. Up to a third of each branch can be removed. Pruning out up to a third of the older shoots at ground level in late winter to early spring can help to keep plants growing vigorously.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Weigela ia a light feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Use half the recommended rate of ALGOplus All Purpose liquid fertilizer 6-6-6, or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Weigela is usually not troubled with significant pest or disease problems.

Alternative Products

Other hardy flowering shrubs include butterfly bush, lilac, and spirea.

Product Recommendations

Hardy perennials that are attractive to hummingbirds include cardinal lobelia and phlox.

Weigela Facts

Weigela ia native to China, Japan, and Korea and is named for German scientist and professor Christian Ehrenfried Weigel (1748-1831). New breeding in has resulted in varieties with colored foliage as well as attractive flowers.


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