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Minuet Weigela

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Minuet Weigela (Weigela florida ‘Minuet’)This elegant and hardy spring-flowering shrub is covered in reddish-pink trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats, which attract hummingbirds; compact and dense, excellent for general garden use, great in groups; needs full sun

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Weigela
Species:
florida
Cultivar:
Minuet
Flower Color:
ruby
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
white
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Bicolor:
purple
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
trumpet

Ornamental Features

Minuet Weigela features showy clusters of ruby-red trumpet-shaped flowers with purple overtones and yellow throats along the branches in late spring. It has attractive white deciduous foliage which emerges deep purple in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Minuet Weigela is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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

Minuet Weigela will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Minuet Weigela makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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