Like a fine wine, the foliage of this gorgeous petite shrub is a deep purple, nearly black, color that almost outshines the bright pink trumpet shaped flowers. Bred specifically for its distinctive foliage and disease resistance, Midnight Wine Shine Weigela may be the first of the weigelas to bloom each spring, getting a jump on traditional weigelas by several weeks. Pronounced ‘why GEE luh’, weigela florida is an old fashioned shrub with a long history. Discovered by Western explorers to Asia and brought back for cultivation, weigela appeared in Europe in the 1840’s.
Weigela is native to East Asia, specifically North China, Korea and Manchuria. It is a hardy shrub in Zones 4-8, and thrives in full sun with an alkaline, moist and well draining soil, but it will tolerate a wide variety of conditions and still do well. This is a slow growing shrub that may take upwards to a year to fully establish and add new growth, hence its petite habit, growing just 18 inches tall and spreading out 30 inches wide. This beautiful foliar shrub, with the added benefit of the beautiful pink flowers, makes a perfect hedge or sidewalk edging, and looks great when massed out for fullest effect.
Midnight Wine Shine™ Weigela Care
Weigelas prefer full sun, and will appreciate some afternoon shade in the hottest part of the day in hot regions. They do best in slightly alkaline soil, pH range of 5.5 to 7.5, but tolerates most soils including clay. Well draining soil is important, though, so amendment of clay soil to give it better drainage is a must. Use a tree and shrub slow release fertilizer at time of planting, and water it in well. After this initial watering, however, you should not have to water again unless you are experiencing an extended dry period, as this shrub is lightly drought tolerant.
Weigela flowers bloom each spring on old wood. If you prune this shrub at all, prune it immediately after the blooms cease so that the next spring you will have a new flush of flowers. Actually, you should not have to prune this shrub at all, unless you have some winter damage. Prune off the dead wood in early spring after initial leafing has begun. Deadheading is not required to keep shrubs in bloom year after year.
Midnight Wine Shine™ Weigela Spacing
Spacing your shrubs properly will help to alleviate any chances of powdery mildew setting in during wet spring weather. Allow 24 to 30 inches of space in between plants for best performance. Remember, this plant grows wider than it does tall, so plan accordingly. You may want to consider placing this shrub in a wide, sturdy planter on your patio for great spring flower color and then the foliage will take over the show and give you long summer and fall interest. It also makes a great ground cover when massed out in your landscape.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.