Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

beauty-bushDSC02750.jpg (211348 bytes) Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) is a spreading shrub with arching, hanging branches that can grow to 8 feet in height and is usually as wide as it is tall. It can tolerate partial shade but will exhibit the best flowering when grown in full sun. Hardy to zone 4, this shrub is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions: moist or dry, sandy or clay, in a pH range of 3.5 to 7.2. There are no serious insect or disease problems reported for this plant.

 beauty bush,foliage3.jpg (75754 bytes) Foliage is medium green with leaves 1 to 3 inches long and having an elongated tip.
beauty bush,bloom2.jpg (79089 bytes) Flowers are tubular and pink, appearing profusely in mid to late spring.
beauty bush,seeds2.jpg (58730 bytes) beauty7.jpg (3134 bytes) Seeds are brown and bristly, persisting into winter.
beauty bush bark  (6761 bytes) Bark is a light gray-brown that peels on older stems.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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