Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Weigela species and cultivars
There about a dozen species of Weigela and many hybrids and cultivars (Hillier lists 26 many of which were bred in France.) There are several examples of the genus in Belfast Botanic Gardens. The two illustrated here are a commonly grown variegated form Weigela florida 'Variegata' and a large flowered, deep pink cultivar.
All the species are from temperate E. Asia where they grow in moist rocky woods. Weigela florida was introduced by Robert Fortune in 1845. Many of the cultivars have awards of Garden Merit.