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.
Foliage is medium green with leaves 1½ to 3 inches long
and having an elongated tip.
Flowers are tubular and pink, appearing profusely in mid
to late spring.
Seeds are brown and bristly, persisting into winter.
Bark is a light gray-brown that peels on older stems.