First, it's incredibly floriferous at a time - right now! - when few other shrubs are in bloom. The bell shaped flowers are a soft pink that blends well with other colors, cool hues in particular.
|I love the golden, lace-like pattern hiding inside the flowers|
Second, the pale, exfoliating (peeling) bark is unusual and a great feature for winter interest.
Third, its large vase/fountain form makes it ideal to use as a single specimen. In fact, with a bit of focused pruning, this plant could function as a small, ornamental tree; mature height is 10-15 feet.
|A giant beauty bush in old north Denver|
Last, Kolkwitzia is very adaptable. It tolerates full sun or partial shade and has low water needs. Companion plants for my beautibush (below) include Centranthus, Ceratostigma, and Allium christophii.
|this young Kolkwitsia 'Pink Cloud' in my garden will max out at 6-10 feet|
Bonus points if you guessed that this photo - featured last week on Wordless Wednesday - is Kolkwitzia!