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Kolkwitzia amabilis

Beauty Bush

Location:

The Autumn Border and Temple Garden

Description:

A hardy deciduous shrub, native to central China, with light brown flaky bark and graceful arching branches, which can grow 3m, usually as wide as it is tall. Light pink bell-shaped showy 2cm flowers, dark pink in the bud, appear in late spring.

Site and Care:

Grow in well-drained soil, of any type, in sun or partial shade. Pruning should only be carried out in winter removing old wood as necessary Propagation is by half-ripe cuttings in autumn.
flower needs plenty of room to develop its long, arching sprays, Occasionally older stems thicker than a broomstick should be removed at the base when the shrub is dormant, to encourage young, free-flowering growth.