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Bert Verhoef
The Netherlands

MIDNIGHT SUN™

Weigela

Weigela florida

'Verweig9'

PPAF; CBRAF

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Midnight Sun weigela has yellow, purple, and red foliage. Midnight Sun weigela is a colorful shrub for landscaping. The new growth of Midnight Sun weigela. Midnight Sun weigela growing in a landscape. The multi-hued new growth of Midnight Sun weigela. Closeup of the red and orange growth on Midnight Sun weigela. Pink flowers on Midnight Sun weigela. Midnight Sun weigela turns purple, red, and gold in summer. Midnight Sun weigela showing its orange red fall color. Midnight Sun weigela in spring. The dramatic red fall color of Midnight Sun weigela. Midnight Sun weigela turns red, gold, and purple through the season. Midnight Sun weigela growing in a landscape. The colorful foliage of Midnight Sun weigela. Close up of the fall color of Midnight Sun weigela. Midnight Sun weigela turns bright red in autumn. Midnight Sun weigela plants growing in a trial field.
  • Colorful foliage
  • Tidy habit
  • Deer resistant
Description

Celebrate summer with Midnight Sun weigela, a neat and tidy bun-shaped weigela with glossy, blazing orange and red summer-autumn foliage. Perfect for the front of the border, it functions much as a coleus would, but without having to replant it every year. It does bear pink flowers in spring, however, this plant’s form and colorful summer through autumn foliage are what makes it special.

USDA Zone
4 - 8 (-30°F/-34.4°C)
Exposure
Full sun
Height
1 - 1.5'
Width
1 - 1.5'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Late spring/early summer
Flower Color
Pink
Foliage Color
Red, Orange, Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil

Adapts to any well-drained site.

Pruning

Blooms on old wood - prune as needed after flowering, though this very compact, dwarf variety will rarely require it. Remove oldest stems every 3-5 years to encourage vigorous juvenile growth.

Uses

Shrub borders; mixed borders; edging; groundcover; containers.

Growing Tips

Late to leaf out in spring. May require a bit of pruning to clean up winter damage - wait until new growth appears to do so.