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TREES & plants

Beauty bush

Beauty bush lives up to its name in spring when it is covered with pink flowers.  During the rest of the season it offers little in the way of ornamental appeal and best planted at the back of a border.

Botanical name: 
Kolkwitzia amabilis
All Common Names: 
Beauty bush, Beautybush, beauty-bush
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
  • Hedge
  • Screen
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 


6 to 10 feet high and  wide.

Tree & Plant Care

Beauty Bush flowers on old wood; prune after flowering.
For older plants, remove 2 to 3 stems to the ground annually to rejuvenate plant.

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to China.

Bark color and texture 

Light gray-brown. Older stems have exfoliating bark.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Opposite; simple; 1 to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.
Medium green turns yellow in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Clusters of perfect, pink, bell-shaped flowers.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

A bristly, 1/4-inch capsule.