Weigela is part of the Caprifoliaceae family of plants. It is a deciduous shrub native to eastern Asia. Weigela is named after Christian Ehrenfried Weigel(1748-1831), a Swedish-born German scientist and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Weigela can grow to 1.8m or 6ft.
Weigela leaves are ovate, oblong medium green, and serrated on edges. The flowers are white and pink and appear in the early summer. The flowers are funnel-shaped. The first species collected was in China, named Weigela florida, it was collected by Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist.
Grow Weigela in the sun or partial shade, however, more exposure to light increases the flowers. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Weigela requires light pruning to shape it and remove dead branches. The best time to prune is in mid-summer. Weigela is deer resistant but attracts butterflies and bees. Weigela is disease-free, but watch out for bud eelworms. Propagate by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer and hardwood cuttings in late fall or winter.