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Dark Horse Weigela

Weigela florida 'Dark Horse'

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Dark Horse Weigela (Weigela florida 'Dark Horse') at Bachman's Landscaping

Weigela florida 'Dark Horse'

Weigela florida 'Dark Horse'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dark Horse Weigela (Weigela florida 'Dark Horse') at Bachman's Landscaping

Weigela florida 'Dark Horse' foliage

Weigela florida 'Dark Horse' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 4


A stunning spring-flowering shrub, featuring magenta pink trumpet-shaped flowers, attracts birds and butterflies; bronze foliage is quite striking and contrasting; perfect for foundations, groups in borders, or a low hedge; needs full sun

Ornamental Features:

Dark Horse Weigela is bathed in stunning clusters of magenta trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow anthers along the branches in late spring. It has attractive dark green foliage edged in deep purple which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves are ornamentally significant but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Dark Horse Weigela is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dark Horse Weigela is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Dark Horse Weigela will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Edging Garden Container
Flowers Foliage Color Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features