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BeautybushKolkwitzia amabilis

  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
An easy-to-grow, fast-growing flowering shrub, the beautybush impresses with a fountain-like spray of pink blossoms befitting its name. Blooming later than many others (from late spring into summer—as far as June in some areas), it’s a perfect landscape piece to keep colorful interest in your yard. Striking deep green foliage continues into summer, then turns reddish for great fall interest.

This old-fashioned shrub is perfect for use as a specimen or as a flowering hedge.

Hardiness Zones

The beautybush can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The beautybush grows to a height of 6–10', with an equal spread, at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The beautybush grows well in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils. It is drought-tolerant.


This shrub:
  • Features bark that peels on older stems.
  • Yields feathery, pinkish-brown-gray seedpods in the summer, after flowering.
  • Blooms with more profusion in full sun than in partial shade.
  • Will produce a dense, compact shape in full sun but a taller, arching shape in partial shade.
  • Grows in a vase shape.
  • Produces charming, pink, bell-shaped flowers from May to early June.


This shrub is native to western China.