Kolkwitzia amabilis Graebn.

Beautybush, Cold Whisky Plant

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Kolkwitzia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 6 to 10' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Opposite leaves. Arching form, tends to lose leaves at the bottom and become woody. Blooms on old growth so care needs to be taken when pruning out old wood. Pink bell-shaped flowers in spring to early summer. McIndoe says it is easy to grow.


'Maradco' ('Dream Catcher') - Dirr says he is still wondering why they introduced it because he saw one in June and thought it one of the ugliest shrubs in the world! Leaf color changes through the seasons, starting with copper tones then light green and orange in autumn. Best in filtered sun or part shade.


Published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29(5): 593 in 1901.

Native to China and introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1901.

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