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 shade. Prune to shape immediately after flowering.

This cultivar will not produce viable seed.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Weigela is a genus of about 12 species of deciduous shrubs from East Asia. They are grown for their showy spring flowers.

Genus name honors German botanist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel (1748-1831).

‘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

Good flowering and foliage shrub. Specimen or group for shrub borders. Also effective as a hedge. May be incorporated into a foundation planting.