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What Variety Is This Plant? (Weigela Florida)

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. Maybe someone has this tree?
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June 10, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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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.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

When you can't see the bush for the blooms, that's what you call 'loaded'!

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July 5, 20170 found this helpful

And my cuttings have rooted. Yes! yes! yes!

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

There are so many different dogwood trees that it is sometimes very difficult for just regular gardeners to identify them. I have seen very similar dogwoods in south Florida and I had a friend send me leaf photos of several but none exactly match your leaf.

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I believe you can get it identified by contacting you local Agriculture County Extension Office as they usually are very familiar with anything growing in their area.

My south Florida friend has a Cherokee Sunset and I thought sure that was it - not, but close. The closest ID that I have found is a Celestial Shadow but still not sure. Here ar some photos of this tree so you can see that it is close. Wait a few seconds for the individual photo to appear.

www.google.com/search?q=Celestial+Shadow+Variegate...

www.google.com/search?q=Celestial+Shadow+Variegate...:

plants.newgarden.com/.../Celestial_Shadow_Flowering_Dogwood

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the input. My ag agent would not know. He has given me an email address for state arborists. As soon as I find it, I will contact them.

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My comparison feature is that only the front half of the leaf is marginated. Of all the pictures I've looked at, I've found none that are this way. Also the colors and markings are strong and well defined more so than on any comparison leaves.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

Well now I see this is a shrub and maybe not a tree - yet? Do you plan to make a standard with this one also?
This is kinda funny, when I am really stumped with a plant that I would really like to ID I send out messages to friends who share the same "addiction" and I am still getting answers and guess what - one of them said - it is not a tree it is a scrub and named it.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

No, I don't plan to make standards of these, (if they root). I am intrigued that the plant is in bloom pretty much all Spring, Summer and Fall.

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The field I'm working on poses the kind of problem I like. It is large an spacious. I want to cram as many flowers, trees and shrubs into it as I can, and still keep an open, spacious effect.

Rather than everything adhering to a strict plan on paper, I want the garden to evolve naturally and still look orderly and well maintained. I want the impossible. It could happen.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

I agree with likekinds as this is really a beautiful leaf and seems to be well defined. Someone looking at it remarked that it may not even be a Dogwood - but I could not find any tree with leaves like this and I have a huge collection of books with just photos of leaves (trees and plants) and so far, I have not found this leaf.

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I haven't tried our master gardener but maybe I will (next week) if someone does not identify it before then.

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

To Likekinds - thank you, thank you, thank you.
I just could not stop thinking about this tree and also about what I was told - that it might not be a dogwood. Now we know and I do not have this but I do have several dogwoods and they are all doing very well.
I am very glad you found the answer and let us know as this looks like a very interesting tree.
Betty

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