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Weigela subsessilis


Plant Type:


Weigela subsessilis – A remarkable and unfortunately ignored species that came our way from the Arnold Arboretum. It blooms early with pale yellow flowers that metamorphose to pink, pink-violet and lavender with all colors occurring at once on the shrub. It's fantastic. The foliage annually picks up a good infusion of light red to red-purple in the autumn landscape. This species flowers so early that it has usually completed its flowering cycle by the time the hummingbirds arrive. Otherwise, I would expect that this would be as much a hummingbird shrub as are all other later blooming Weigela. Its smaller stature allows for good use as a lower tier set before larger shrubs, as a structural component in a perennial border; a collector plant for sure and a worthy one at that.



4-5 ft


4-6 ft


Lavender, Medium Pink, Pale Yellow, Violet


(5)6 to 7
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Characteristics and Attributes for Weigela subsessilis

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Hummingbirds
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Rock Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Adaptable


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Weigela

Common Name: Weigela

Weigela are easy-natured shrubs with spring funnel-shaped flowers in axillary cymes blossoming on 2nd year wood. Weiglea is happy in average to good draining soils in sun. All W. florida cultivars bloom in middle to late spring. They are useful, forgiving components in mixed plantings with either perennials or other shrubs. They are best planted with companions that offer autumn and winter interest as Weigela is coarse when the foliage drops. Originating in Japan our offerings are of garden origin except for wonderful W. subsessilis which is from China and flowers extra early in the growing season – long before W. florida. All of the following are cutting grown.