Weigela florida 'Polka'
A very compact mid sized Weigela which was developed & released by COPF / Ottawa Research Station in Ottawa, Canada. Has shown itself to have better cold hardiness than most Weigela forms. Blooms have the classic trumpet shape of all Weigela cultivars, with the primary color being a light pastel pink. The throat of each bloom is a creamy yellow color, and slightly fragrant. Foliage is very dense, dark green and has a slightly different shape than most Weigela varieties. Foliage is slightly shorter & more rounded - not quite as elongated - also has a slight wavy look to it. If cared for properly, and adequate nutrition is supplied, the foliage actually has an extremely beautiful and unusual greenish blue hue at times. Very, very attractive - one of my favorite Weigelas!!
Moderate growth rate, and excellent hardiness also make this variety very desirable for many landscape applications. Compact growth habit which requires less trimming & maintenance than many Weigela varieties. Makes a great mid sized selection to just about any perennial flower garden, great as a foundation or foreground planting. Even looks nice when mass planted. Blooming period can be prolonged by removal of old, expired flower heads.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: up to 4 ft
--Mature Width: 4 - 5 ft.
--Growth Rate: Moderate ( 6" - 8" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - very adaptable. Soil must be well drained though. Mulch well in fall & winter.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Nice super dark green foliage - slightly different leaf shape than most Weigela varieties. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture with a slight wavy look to it.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flower blooms are trumpet shaped, typical of most Weigela varieties ( approx 1 1/2" in length ). Color is very bright pastel pink - with a creamy yellow / white throat. Occasionally will produce seed capsules containing mainly unwinged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects: No serious diseases or pests have been reported.
--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.