Weigela 'Pink Poppet'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: weigela
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to June
Bloom Description: Light pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Tolerate: Clay Soil

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Needs full sun for best flowering and foliage color, but will tolerate very light or sun dappled shade. Prune to shape if needed immediately after flowering. This shrub will not produce viable seed.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Pink Poppet’ is a dwarf, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to only 2’ tall and spreads to 2-3’ wide. It is the product of a breeding program that took place in the Czech Republic during the late 1980s wherein Weigela florida ‘Venusta’ (seed parent) was crossed with Weigela ‘Eva Rathke’ (pollen parent). ‘Pink Poppet’ was selected in 1991 as a shrub noted for its dwarf growth habit, early-blooming pink flowers and winter hardiness. Funnel-shaped, light pink flowers (each to 1.25” long) bloom profusely in late spring, with a sparse and scattered repeat bloom often occurring in mid to late summer. Elliptic to obovate, dark green leaves (to 3” long) with serrate margins retain good color throughout the growing season. Insignificant fall color. Fruit is inconspicuous. U. S. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Dwarf shrub for borders, small garden areas and foundations. Low hedge.