Elegantly arching Jolene Jolene Kolkwitzia planted in a border.
Close view of yellow throated pink flowers on Jolene Jolene Kolkwitzia.
Elegantly arching Jolene Jolene Kolkwitzias planted in a group along a walkway.
Arching stems of Jolene Jolene Kolkwitzia packed with light pink flowers.

Jolene Jolene™ Beautybush

A plant so nice, we named it twice! If you’re on the hunt for something extraordinary, you’ve met your match with Jolene Jolene™ beautybush. If you’ve ever seen a Kolkwitzia before, you might be familiar with its massive habit (up to 10 feet tall and wide), but this new one is half the size and can easily fit into any landscape. Its yellow-throated, star-shaped pink flowers appear down the length of each cascading branch, highlighting the fountain-like habit. This deer-resistant shrub is the perfect specimen plant for gardeners who like to make a splash and support pollinators at the same time.

Why grow Jolene Jolene™ beautybush?

  • Impressive specimen plant
  • Unique pollinator plant
  • Prolific flower show

Additional information

Botanical Name

<i>Kolkwitzia amabalis</i> 'SMNKADTF' PP#34,295, CBRAF

Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, Yellow

Foliage Color

Green

Height

3-6'

Width/Spread

4-6'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Average, Well-drained

Bloom Time

Early Summer

Uses

Borders, Covering Fences, Edging, Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen

Features

Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deadheading not necessary, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Landscape plant

Blooms On

Old wood

Breeder

Tim Wood

Plant Care

Light: Performs well in areas that get 4 or more hours of direct light. At the warmer end of its zone range, it does appreciate getting shade in the afternoon. This will give it the healthiest, most vibrant looking foliage.

Soil: Will grow well in most soil types, it just needs good drainage to thrive.

Water: Has average water needs. It does not respond well to any period of extended sogginess, like overwatering or heavy continuous rain events. After it is established, it would much prefer to be too dry than too wet.

Fertilizing: Nothing special is required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended. It has an elegant, arching habit that is best left to grow naturally. However, periodic rejuvenation pruning every 3 to 5 years can be helpful to keep the plant flowering well. This is the process of removing the oldest, thickest branches all the way back to the ground. This promotes juvenile growth which will flower most prolifically.

Other: It’s related to popular plants Weigela and Diervilla. You might see a connection between these plants in their arching habits.