Weigela 'Black Magic'
Common Name: weigela
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Deep 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.

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 Christian Ehrenfried Weigel (1748-1831), German professor at the University of Geifswald.

'Black Magic' grows as a low mounded shrub with elliptic to oblong to obovate, burgundy-greenish foliage that holds its color throughout the growing season. It has clusters of deep pink, trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow anthers along the branches in spring. 'Black Magic' grows 1 to 1.5 ft. tall and 1.5 to 2 ft. wide.

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.