Weigela, Dark Horse


Description:  The Dark Horse Weigela is a new cultivar that is characterized by a superior compact habit, dark purple leaves, and pink flowers that contrast with the dark foliage. This is an ideal choice for late spring color in combination with conifers and broadleaf evergreens. It also attracts hummingbirds. This flowering deciduous shrub has very dark foliage and deep pink flowers that contrast well with the foliage. 'Dark Horse' makes a great landscape plant, and it retains its color interest throughout the season. It is quite attractive when grown as a hedge. 'Dark Horse' is easy to grow, and adapts to most conditions. Once a year feed this shrub with a slow release fertilizer.

Common Name:  Dark Horse Weigela

Scientific Name:  Weigela florida 'Dark Horse'

Type:  Perennial, Shrub

Exposure:  Full Sun - Partial Shade

Size:  2-3' height, 2-3' spread

Bloom Color:  Pink

Bloom Period:  Late Spring - Summer

Foliage Color:  Burgundy / Green

Landscape Use:  Rock Garden, Mass Groupings, Specimen, Border Plant

Soil:  Well-Drained

Growth Rate:  Moderate

Zone:  4 - 8

Companion Plants:  Variegated Hydrangea, Golden Barberry, French Lace Weigela, Astilbe, Lady's Mantle, Hollies, Rhododendron, Dwarf Alberta Spruce


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