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Weigela - Rubidor ( Olympiade ) / Size 1
Rubidor Olympiade Weigela

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Product Code: WEIRUB1

Weigela florida 'Rubidor' - also referred to as Briant Rubidor or Olympiade Weigela

Overall Description

Rubidor Weigela is a wonderful variety of Weigela florida ( Old Fashioned Weigela ) that has a killer combination of foliage AND blooms that provide first rate color all spring & summer long. Rubidor ( also referred to as Briant Rubidor, or Olympiade ) Weigela was originally discovered as a branch sport of the 'Bristol Ruby' variety, and has nice large foliage typically measuring around 4" in length. Foliage is a very bright neon chartreuse / lime green / yellow color...........many times with a brighter yellow edge or margin. Truly colorful......and unusual!! In warmer climates ( zones 7b & up ) some caution should be taken when choosing the planting location for this variety, as full sun exposure can sometimes result in some leaf scorch if exposed to extremely hot mid day sun for too long. But enough good sun exposure is required for the grightest gold foliage colors to be displayed as well.

Blooming period typically starts in late April to early May here in East TN ( zone 7b ), and peaks quickly with unreal numbers of bright watermelon reddish pink blooms all over this shrub. Blooms standout extremely well against the light yellow / green foliage. Blooming period lasts for several weeks, and sporadic re-blooming usually occurs on & off throughout the entire summer. Blooming period can be prolonged by removal / pruning off the old, expired flower heads.

Good growth rate, and excellent hardiness make this variety very desirable for many landscape applications. Has a decent size at maturity, or can be maintained at a variety of smaller sizes through regular pruning. Can be used as a large mass planting, a colorful accent in front of larger, taller evergreens - just about anywhere that needs a serious splash of seasonal color.

We suggest a very aggressive pruning in late winter, to help the shrub keep a nice, neat shape and maximize new branching. Blooms will form fastest, and be more prolific, on current year's new growth

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft.

--Growth Rate :
Fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun is best for maximum bloom color and foliage density & color. But will also accept partial shade. When planting in zones 7b & higher, use caution when choosing location, as some leaf scorch has been noted on some specimens that are exposed to hot midday full sun for extended periods.

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly sandy - very adaptable. Soil must be well drained though. Mulch well in fall & winter.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - broadleaf. Larger than most Weigela varieties - lance shaped chartreuse yellow colored leaves with a slightly serrated edge. Leaves generally are 4" long on average. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - trumpet shaped blooms are a nice deep watermelon pinkish red color, and average approximately 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" in length.

--Diseases / Insects :
No 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 :
No specific spacing recommendations - all depends on the exact use that the planting is intended for. Feel free to e-mail us with project specifications for customer recommendations.

--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.

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