Weigelia - Weigela florida

Description

Weigela florida is a spreading shrub that may grow as wide as it is tall. It produces a mass of funnel to bell shaped flowers which may vary from pale pink to dark red as there are many cultivars. The leaves are simple, ovate and toothed.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

This is a cultivated plant that sometimes escapes and thrives for a time in the wild.

When to see it

Flowers in May and June.

Life History

Deciduous perennial shrub.

UK Status

There are just a scattering of records for this plant in the wild, mainly from the north and west of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare outside of cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was first recorded in Leicestershire in 1999.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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