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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): 
Honeysuckle
Family (Botanic): 
Caprifoliaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Occasional drought
  • Alkaline soil
  • Clay soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
  • Hedge
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
More Information: 

Size:

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.