Beautybush, Beauty Bush Kolkwitzia amabilis - Linnaea amabilis

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Botanical Name:

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Family:

Linnaeaceae

Genus:

Kolkwitzia

Species:

amabilis

Common Name:

Beautybush, Beauty Bush

Height:
6-10 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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  • Kolkwitzia amabilis

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Kolkwitzia amabilis is a species of flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae, the only known species in the monotypic genus Kolkwitzia. It is a deciduous shrub known by the common name beauty bush. The Latin amabilis means "lovely".
* Nice big shrub of arching vase like habit, grows quickly, pink flowers with yellow throats, in vast profusion in spring, especially when grown in sun, adaptable, native to central China.
* The shrub became very popular in the Eastern United States following World War I, almost a defining shrub in American gardens made between the World Wars.
* In the garden, the shrub needs plenty of room to develop its long, arching sprays, reducing the temptation to club it back, which results in an unnatural "witches' broom".
* Occasionally older stems thicker than a broomstick should be removed at the base when the shrub is dormant, to encourage young, free-flowering growth.
* The plant originated in Central China, where it was discovered in western Hubei province by Ernest Wilson and was named for Richard Kolkwitz , a professor of botany in Berlin. more...
* Fragrant flowers that smell like vanilla last for up to two months in late spring early summer.
Usda description:
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