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Beautybush

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A medium sized shrub valued for its abundant pink trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring on broadly arching branches; quite leggy, needs underplanting; a single season plant, use in combination with others

Characteristics

Species:
amabilis
Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Genus:
Kolkwitzia
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Beautybush features showy pink trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats along the branches in late spring. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Beautybush is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Beautybush will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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