An old-fashion back of the border shrub. Beauty bush lives up to its name in spring when it is covered with pink, bell-shaped flowers. Arching stems and dark green foliage turns a yellow-green in fall. During the rest of the season it offers little in the way of ornamental appeal.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and habit
An upright arching shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high.
Tree & Plant Care
Prefers full sun for best flowering in well-drained soil, but does well in part shade conditions.
Beauty Bush flowers on old wood; prune after flowering.
For older plants, remove 2 to 3 stems to the ground annually or cut to the ground to rejuvenate plant.
Disease, pests, and problems
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
Deep pink, 2-lipped tubular flowers, veined with a yellow-orange bell-shaped throat.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A bristly, 1/4-inch feathery seed capsule.
Cultivars and their differences
Dream Catcher™ (Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Maradco'): 6 to 9 feet high and 4 to 6 feet wide; upright, arching habit, yellow and lime green foliage changing orange-gold.