Weigela florida 'Java Red''
Java Red Weigela is a semi dwarf Weigela cultivar that has been around for many years. Has a proven track record for being an excellent, hardy, well performing shrub that's easy to grow, and will adapt to a wide variety of growing conditions, soil, sun exposures, etc. Java Red has dark green foliage that is heavily tinted with burgundy throughout - with the highest amount of burgundy being seen on shrubs that are planted in locations with strong sun exposure. Foliage is most intensely colored when new, and tends to age / mature to a dark green with burgundy tint.
As with most all Weigela varieties, Java Red will begin to bud out & bloom very early in the season, with unopened blooms being a nice cherry red color, opening to a deep, dark pinkish red. Attractive bloom color is not exactly a "true red" in my book......but not the typical lighter, pastel pink of many of the older more traditional Weigela varieties. Very comparable in foliage & bloom colors to Tango, Dark Horse, or even Minor Black Weigela varieties. Blooming can be maximized, and extended greatly through the removal of old, expired flower heads.....but not necessary.
Makes a great mid sized foundation planting, or can be strung together in rows for a flowering hedge. This variety responds well to trimming, and can be maintained at virtually any size desired. If left untrimmed, it's natural growth habit is a fairly dense branching habit with long arching branches at maturity, giving an almost "waterfall" appearance if left alone. As mentioned however, can easily be kept in a much tighter, tidier package through minor trimming a couple times during the growing season. Even works well as a container plant in patio gardening if desired. Very versatile!!
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height : 3 - 4 ft ( if left untrimmed )
--Mature Width : 4 - 5 ft ( if left untrimmed )
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 15" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones : 4 - 9
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - best foliage color & bloom quality in location with full sun exposure
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly sandy - well drained, but will adapt to a wide range of conditions
--Foliage Color & Texture : Deciduous - Dark green foliage is tinted with burgundy, especially when new, and planted in a good sunny location. Foliage matures to a deep, dark green with slight burgundy tint.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts : Flowers - blooms begin early in the season, and are trumpet shaped.....very typical of all Weigela. Bloom color is bright cherry red when unopened, turning slightly more dark pinkish red after opening. Blooming can be extended & maximized by removal of old expired flower blooms.
--Diseases / Insects :
serious diseases or pests have been reported. Leaf spot has been very
occasionally observed in areas with high moisture, especially during
overnight hours. Would be wise to keep an occasional eye out for a rogue
Japanese Beetle here or there.
--Recommended Spacing :
specific spacing recommendations - all depends on the exact use that
the planting is intended for. We recommend spacing these about 4 ft
apart for use as a foreground, or multiple accent planting scenario.
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--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.