Spilled Wine Weigela Stuns With Foliage and Flowers

Bring in the hummingbirds (and bees, and butterflies) with spilled wine weigela! Learn the plant's growing zones, light needs and more.

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Spilled Wine Weigela Care

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The beauty of Spilled Wine weigela in full bloom

Spilled Wine weigela (pronounced way-guh-luh), a large, dense flowering shrub, produces bunches of blooms in spring. Traditionally, the pink flowers may reappear in summer, but new cultivars are available in many different shades and produce more blooms throughout summer and fall.

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Spilled wine weigela (Weigela florida) grows in Zones 4 to 8, where it’ll attract butterflies, bees and birds to your yard. Planting it in areas with at least six hours of full sun is best. Weigela requires regular watering, especially during the hotter summer months. The plant tolerates clay soil, and deer generally avoid it. Its flowers last throughout springtime, and the grower Proven Winners states that its purple-black foliage is plenty colorful even when the flowers are not in bloom.

  • Scientific name: Weigela florida
  • Common name: Spilled Wine weigela
  • Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • Attracts: birds, butterflies and bees
  • Light needs: Full sun
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide
  • Flower color: Bright pink
  • Foliage color: Dark purple

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Anna’s hummingbird perched on a weigela shrub

Generally, weigela plants are prized for their early blooming flowers, which hummingbirds love. Certain varieties bloom again in summer, but even the spring-blooming varieties offer colorful, unique foliage.

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Other Weigela Cultivars to Try

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My Monet weigela

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If you’d like to add weigela to your yard, there are plenty of varieties. There’s sure to be one that works for you! The Sonic Bloom series flowers in waves from spring to fall and comes in shades of red, pink and white, and the dwarf shrub My Monet (above) bursts with bright pink, trumpet-shaped blooms while needing no pruning.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate editor for Birds & Blooms Digital. Throughout her years with the publication, she has written multiple articles for print as well as digital, all covering birding and gardening. In her role as associate editor, she is responsible for creating and editing articles on the subject of birding and gardening, as well as putting together Birds & Bloom's daily digital newsletter. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a master's degree in magazine journalism and undergraduate degrees in journalism and English, she has more than eight years of experience in the magazine, newspaper, and book industries.