Easily grown in average, medium, 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.
‘Elvera’ MIDNIGHT WINE is a dwarf version of the popular Weigela ‘Wine and Roses'. It is a dense, rounded, low-growing deciduous shrub that typically grows to only 1.5-2’ tall and as wide. Features profuse reddish-pink flowers and burgundy-purple foliage. Reddish-pink, funnel-shaped flowers (to 1.25” long) appear singly or in clusters along the branches of the previous year’s growth in mid- to late spring, with sparse and scattered repeat bloom often occurring on new growth as the summer progresses. Elliptic to obovate, glossy, burgundy-purple leaves (to 3” long) turn very dark purple in autumn. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Original cultivar name is ‘Elvera’, but plants are being marketed under the registered trademark name of MIDNIGHT WINE. U. S. Plant Patent #12,217 issued November 20, 2001.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Good flowering and foliage plant for small spaces. Specimen, group or mass for foregrounds of perennial or shrub borders. Also effective as a low hedge. May be incorporated into a foundation planting.