Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees and shrubs in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group.
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Weigela Thunb. species and cultivars

54o 34.991N
5o 56.114W
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.
Weigela shrub leaves
Weigela florida 'Variegata' in Belfast Botanic Gardens Leaves of Weigela florida
Weigela florida 'Variegata in flower  paired leaves
Flowering branches of Weigela florida 'Variegata' Flowers of Weigela florida 'Variegata'
Weigela cultivar

Cultivar of Weigela

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in May 2019. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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