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weigela florida

Weigela

[wahy-gee-luh, -jee-, wahy-guh-luh]

Weigela is a small genus of about 12 species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 1-5 m tall. All are natives of eastern Asia.

The leaves are 5-15 cm long, ovate-oblong with an acuminate tip, and with a serrated margin. The flowers are 2-4 cm long, with a five-lobed white, pink, or red (rarely yellow) corolla, produced in small corymbs of several together in early summer. The fruit is a dry capsule containing numerous small winged seeds.

Weigela species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Brown-tail.

The genus is named after the German scientist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.

The British Weigela national collection is held at Sheffield Botanical Gardens; along with the national collection of the closely related Diervilla genus. The german Weigela national collection is held at Sichtungsgarten Weigela in Buckow, Maerkische Schweiz Species:

Cultivation

Several of the species are very popular ornamental shrubs in gardens, although species have been mostly superseded by hybrids (crosses between W. florida and other Asiatic species).

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