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Beauty Bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis Shrub Seed Seeds - FAST GROWING SHRUB - Pink With Yellow Throat Blooms - Attracts BUTTERFLIES - Zones 4 - 8

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Beauty Bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis, Shrub Seeds

Kolkwitzia amabilis (pronounced /kÉ’lˈkwɪtsi.É™ əˈmæbɨlɪs/)[1] is a species of woody flowering plant in the honeysuckle family known in the US by the common name Beauty Bush, for amabilis, "lovely". The plant originated in Central China, where it was twice discovered, once by the Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Giraldi in Shensi and then in western Hubei province, by E.H. 'Chinese' Wilsonwho was collecting for Veitch Nurseries, who introduced it into horticulture.  It was named for Richard Kolkwitz, a professor of botany in Berlin.
The plant is an arching, spreading shrub, with light brown flaky bark and graceful arching branches, which can grow higher than eight feet tall. It is usually as wide as it is tall. The plant blooms in late spring. Its light pink flowers, dark pink in the bud, are about one-inch long and bell-shaped ("tubular campanulate"); they grow in pairs, as with all Caprifoliaceae, and form showy, numerous sprays along ripened wood. Its leaves are opposite, simple, and ovate, from .5 to 3 inches long, entire or with a few sparse shallow teeth. Its fruit is a hairy, ovoid capsule approximately .25 inches long.
Wilson sent plant material to his sponsors Veitch Nurseries, Exeter, in 1901; the shrub flowered there for the first time in 1910. It received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit in 1923 for Nymans Gardens, Sussex. The shrub became very popular in the eastern United States following World War I, almost a defining shrub in American gardens made between the World Wars.
In the garden, the shrub needs plenty of room to develop its long, arching sprays, reducing the temptation to club it back, which results in an unnatural "witches' broom". Occasionally older stems thicker than a broomstick should be removed at the base when the shrub is dormant, to encourage young, free-flowering growth.

Hardy, Adaptable, Easy to Grow, Flowering Shrub, Exfoliating Bark, Fall Color, Cold, Drought, Wind Tolerant


The Beauty Bush is an absolutely gorgeous large flowering shrub that remains in bloom for several weeks. A stunning specimen to add to any garden. As a member of the honeysuckle family, beautybush is closely related to Weigela and Diervilla. It is primarily grown for its outstanding spring flowers. It is a deciduous shrub that typically grows 6-10’ tall with an arching, vase-shaped habit (somewhat fountain-like). Bell-shaped, pink flowers with yellow throats appear in clusters (corymbs to 3� wide) in a vast profusion of mid-spring bloom (late April to early May). Flowers are followed by capsule-like fruits that usually persist on the plants. Broad-ovate dark green leaves (1� to 3� long) turn yellowish to reddish in fall. Exfoliating bark on mature stems provides some winter interest. Genus name honors Richard Kolkwitz, 20th century German botany professor.

Other Names: Beauty Bush
Zone: 4 to 8
Growth rate: Fast-Moderate
Plant Type: Deciduous flowering shrub
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Native Range: Central China
Height: 6 to 10 feet
Spread: 6 to 8 feet
Shape: upright arching habit
Bloom Time: April - May  
Bloom Color: Pink with yellow throat
Flower/Fruit: Bell-shaped, pink flowers with yellow throats followed by capsule-like fruits.
Sun: Full sun to part sun
Fall Color: Reddish to yellow
Drought tolerance: Medium-High
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering is in full sun.
Culture: Prune out dead wood as needed. Shrub stems tend to become dense and overgrown after several years, in which case thinning stems or cutting back all stems to the ground may be advisable. Hard pruning to the ground may be performed in late winter or immediately after flowering. Plants bloom on old wood, so hard pruning in late winter will result in loss of bloom for the season, but plant stems will grow taller during the season.
Uses: May be massed or grown as a screen or hedge on larger properties. Marginally ornamental for use as a specimen in lawns, shrub borders or foundations.



Sowing Kolkwitzia amabilis Seeds:
Beauty Bush seeds possess a thick, impermeable seed-coat which prevents or significantly retards germination. Scarification, cold stratification, and moisture enhance germination.
Scarify: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratify: Cold 90 days, 40 Degrees F
Germination: Sow 1/4" Deep

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