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Earlier, I posted a question with a picture of a leaf, asking for the variety of what I was told was a dogwood. With a bit of research and a little help from members, I found the leaf wasn't from a dogwood. It was from Weigela florida.
Since that time, I asked for, and was given, 25 small cuttings from the parent plant. I rooted the cuttings and now most are in the ground.
I met the owner of the plant through FreeCycle. He was describing the plant to me, telling me how it stayed in bloom most all spring and summer and even bloomed a bit in the fall. He was told the name of the plant was Western Dogwood. We now know it to be Weigela florida.
I was intrigued with the extended bloom time of the plant when I asked for cuttings. I knew exactly where I could use a row of these prolific bloomers. They would, in time, help hid an ugly fence belonging to a neighbor.
I had never grown weigela. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. First, I learned just how easily cuttings can be rooted. 4-6 inch tips taken from the plant, inserted into soil and covered with a clear plastic dome will readily root. It takes about 6 weeks for good root formation.
Next, I learned that rooted cuttings can begin blooming in as little as 2 1/2 months from the time they were inserted. Of the 25 I rooted, only one has bloomed, so far. But then, it is getting late in the season. I expect to see all the small plants in bloom in the spring.
Now, I learn this plant would make a good privacy hedge. Before planting my rooted cuttings, I asked the donor to send me the measurements of his mature plant. This would help me with the spacing of the cuttings. And too, I would know how far away from the arborvitae to plant my row.
The mature parent plant measured 8 feet in height and 8 feet in circumference. I spaced and planted my cuttings accordingly. With the cuttings growing to 4 times their size in 2 1/2 months, I'm pretty sure I will have a 3-4 foot hedge within 2 years.
Ultimately, I should have a 70 foot hedge row of 8 foot, constantly blooming weigela in front of my 70 foot row of arborvitae. This is one project I am anxiously awaiting fruition. I am hoping for a huge and glorious display of blooms most of the growing season.
And where my 70 foot row of arborvitae ends, a 50 foot row of Leyland cypress begins. In front of this row, I have planted a row of Lynnwood Gold forsythia. This arrangement should provide a beautiful display each early spring, too. But that's another post for another time.
For a fast growing privacy screen, one in bloom most of the growing season, Weigela florida may just be the plant for you.
I mentioned in another post, my hopes to turn a vacant lot adjoining the lot my house is on, into a respectable show garden. It will take all my remaining years. Hopefully most of the work and progress will be documented here on ThriftyFun.
Here and there, on a very small scale, I see evidence my garden has truly begun.
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Does anyone know the variety of this dogwood? It was said to be a western dogwood. It is not. The closest I have come while researching is the Ivory Halo dogwood, but its leaf margins are almost pure white, not a very deep cream as the picture shows.
When this guy told me this 'dogwood' bloomed all Summer and part of Fall, something didn't seem right. (but then, I don't keep up with the latest developments in plant breeding).
He finally got around to sending me a picture. I thought 'Golly, first time I saw a dogwood with funnel shaped blooms'. More research.
Even though the leaves are not a perfect match with mine, there is no doubt; this plant is Weigela (pronounced Wy-GEE-la). The particular variety is 'Weigela florida Variegata'.
Many thanks to Betty, and to anyone who has been researching this but not yet reported in on this.
All is well. Weigela is probably easier to root than Dogwood, anyway. I need these in the field I'm trying to turn into a garden.
All four cuttings are now in a rooting medium.