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Tim Wood
Grand Haven, MI, USA

VINHO VERDE™

Weigela

Weigela florida

'SMNWFBGV'

PP#34,297; CBRAF

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Vinho Verde weigela naturally grows with an appealing rounded shape. The unique chartreuse and black variegation of Vinho Verde weigela. Vinho Verde weigela has unique variegated foliage and a tidy habit. Pink flowers on Vinho Verde weigela in late spring. The elegant branches of Vinho Verde weigela. Vinho Verde weigela is variegated, with green and black foliage. A young specimen of Vinho Verde weigela in the landscape.
  • Unusual variegation
  • Tidy habit
  • Deer resistant
Description

There’s nothing else quite like Vinho Verde weigela! After years of positive feedback from trial garden visitors during its evaluation, we're pleased to offer this unique selection, characterized by lime green leaves set off with a bold, black margin. Discovered as a variegated sport on a seedling whose parents were golden ‘Briant’s Rubidor’ and burgundy ‘Naomi Campbell’. Like all variegated plants, it will occasionally revert, but it reverts to all black, so will not overgrow the plant. A light crop of red-pink flowers appear in late spring, but the foliage - coupled with an irresistibly neat habit - are the primary reasons to grow this beauty.

Wondering about that name and the unusual spelling? Vinho Verde is a special wine from Portugal that's crisp and refreshing, much like the effect Vinho Verde weigela has in the landscape. 

USDA Zone
5 - 8 (-20°F/-28.9°C)
Exposure
Full sun
Height
3 - 5'
Width
3 - 5'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Late spring/early summer
Flower Color
Pink
Foliage Color
Variegated, 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.