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Weigela - Minor Black / Size 1
Verweig-3 Minor Black Weigela

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Our Price: $6.75

Product Code: WEIMBK1

Weigela florida 'Verweig-3' ( Minor Black ) - Plant Patent Applied For

Overall Description

Minor Black Weigela is very similar to a couple other darker foliaged Weigela that may have better known name recognition ( Wine & Roses, and Dark Horse, just to name a couple ) - but, in our opinion is a slightly more refined & improved version for a couple reasons. First, the growth habit of Minor Black is extremely compact, and tightly branched, with a much smaller mature plant size than most other purple colored Weigela varieties. Foliage is very, very dark purple.........almost black if given adequate sun exposure and nutrients. The foliage starts out very dark purple, and gradually matures to a rich coppery color with hints of plum color.

Despite it's rather compact, almost semi-dwarf stature, Minor Black displays good growth rate and excellent hardiness, making it a very desirable option for many landscape applications. Blooming period typically stats in mid April to early May here in East TN ( zone 7b ), and peaks quickly. Flowers are typical of most all other Weigela, having the signature "trumpet" shape - and are a deep rosy pink color, which stand out beautifully against the super dark 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. Don't be surprised to see hummingbirds, butterflies, and several other desirable visitors hanging around this plant when in bloom........as it's blooms are known to attract them.

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 : 2 - 2 1/2 ft

--Mature Width : 2 - 3 ft.

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun is best for maximum foliage & bloom color. But will also accept partial shade

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

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - broadleaf. Extremely dark purple foliage.....almost black in optimum conditions with a slightly serrated edge. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - blooms are trumpet shaped, Color is a nice deep rosy pink color, and average approximately 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" in length. sporadic re-blooming occurs throughout the entire summer, but can be encouraged through removal of old, expired flowers after peak bloom has finished.

--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. We recommend spacing these about 4 ft apart for use as a foreground, or multiple accent planting scenario. 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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