Wine and roses weigela, released by proven winners, is a weigela that has red leaves and has become very popular in garden centers in recent years. It adds a unique color in a new way, and has novelty value. This, however, doubles as a drawback; without mature specimens setting an example, homeowners need to know the growth habits of weigela lest they plant something now that will become a headache later. This article will look at the habit, preferences, and care of wine and roses weigela.
Weigela is a large shrub. The species can get up to ten feet high and wide. Wine and roses is a dwarf weigela, but it can easily exceed six feet high and wide at maturity. It is easy to take into account the plant’s current size rather than its mature size, when planting. If wine and roses weigela is to be used as a foundation planting, it will need to be pruned to maintain shape unless a large shrub is desired, in which case do not plant under a window.
Wine and roses weigela can be pruned to shape. Wayward wood can be pruned while dormant, or the bush can be pruned in late summer. Weigela is a loose shrub and does not like constant shearing. Do not prune hard in early spring, as that may ruin the bloom of the bush. It is much better to plant the bush where it has room to grow than to plant it where it has to be pruned to fit a certain size.
The bush is deciduous, so it only gives three seasons of color. The leaves remain dark red throughout the entire year, and the bush will bloom and be covered with bright red flowers in spring. The bush is very impressive in the landscape, and can be incorporated into the garden, landscape, or yard as a large shrub. It can also be planted in a row and serve as a screen or border.
By proper site selection and pruning, your wine and roses weigela will enhance the yard for many years and be a benefit rather than a headache. As long as the soil is well-drained and rich, the plant should perform well for many years.