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BeautybushKolkwitzia amabilis

  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
  • Beautybush - Kolkwitzia amabilis
Fast growing, old-fashioned shrub that's easy to grow. Pink, bell-shaped flowers are quite charming in late spring. Purplish bark when young, turning light brown as shrub matures. Bark peels and exfoliates on older stems. Dark green leaf color in summer turning reddish in fall. Grows 6' to 10' in height with a smaller spread. Likes well-drained soil and full sun for finest flowering.

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.

Attributes

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.

History/Lore

This shrub is native to western China.