How to Grow Kolkwitzia –Beautybush

Beautybush, Kolkwitzia amabilis

Kolkwitzia is a deciduous shrub known as beautybush. It bears clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers in mid-to-late spring.

Kolkwitzia is a member of the honeysuckle family. It has an arching habit similar to forsythia. It can grow to 10 feet tall and just as wide or wider but is a relatively slow grower. It requires plenty of room when placed in a shrub border.

Kolkwitzia can grow ragged but is easily renewed if pruned back after bloom time.

Kolkwitzia amabilis
Beautybush, Kolkwitzia amabilis

Get to Know Kolkwitzia

  • Plant type: Deciduous shrub
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 4 to 8
  • Hardiness: Loses leaves in winter
  • Height and width: 6 to 10 feet (1.8-3m) tall and just as wide or slightly wider.
  • Foliage: Gray-green leaves to 3 inches long sometimes turn reddish in autumn; brown, flaky bark gradually peels from stems during winter.
  • Flowers: Clusters of small, yellow-throated pin flowers; flowers are followed by pinkish-brown, bristly fruit
  • Bloom time: Mid- to late spring
  • Uses: Shrub border; Kolkwitzia can become rangy and ragged so it is best grouped with other shrubs
  • Common name: Beauty bush
  • Botanical name: Kolkwitzia
  • Family name: Caprifoliaceae
  • Origin: China

Where to Plant Kolkwitzia

  • Plant Kolkwitzia in full sun.
  • Kokwitzia grows well in average garden soil, loamy well-drained soil is best.

When to Plant Kolkwitzia

  • Set container-grown plants in the garden in spring or fall.
  • Root Kolkwitzia suckers in spring.
Pink flowers of Kolkwitzia amabilis, common name Beautybush

Planting and Spacing Kolkwitzia

  • Space Kolkwitzia 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5m) apart.

How to Water and Feed Kolkwitzia

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Fertilize Kolkwitzia with an all-purpose, organic fertilizer in spring.

Kolkwitzia Care

  • Flowers are borne on wood formed the previous year; thin out the oldest stems after blossoms fade.
  • Prune lightly in early spring; plants can be renewed by cutting stems to the ground after bloom.

Kolkwitzia Pests and Diseases

  • Kolkwitzia is usually disease and pest free.
 Kolkwitzia amabilis
Kolkwitzia amabilis

Kolkwitzia Propagation

  • Take semi-ripe cutting in early to mid-summer.
  • Kolkwitzia freely produced from rooted suckers; root suckers in spring for best results.

Kolkwitzia Varieties to Grow

  • Kolkwitzia amabilis, beautybush: Deciduous shrub with erect and arching habit can grow 6 to 10 feet tall and spread wider if given space; dull green leaves may turn slightly yellow or red in fall; flowers are flaring oink bells with yellow throats.

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