Weigela praecox

Early Weigela

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In Latin "praecox" means very early, and in fact, Weigela praecox begins to bloom in mid-April, two weeks before other Weigela. The fragrant clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers are a bright, cheerful pink, and the show generally continues for 4 to 6 weeks. Some people like it next to a doorway, so they can enjoy the fragrance. Others use it as a specimen or hedge.

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love Weigela, and so do gardeners. For a plant that gives you so much to look at, they're very easy to care for. No particular disease or pest problems. No special soil requirements. No deadheading. Just give them good drainage, reasonable moisture, and plenty of sun. Prune after spring bloom...fall pruning puts  next year's flowers at risk.
Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 8