Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud'
Description: Medium sized shrub with dense twiggy growth and a mass of delicate pink bell shaped flowers in May /June on arching stems. Though often overlooked it is of great value in a border when in flower. Autumn leaves turn pinkish yellow for added interest and the winter stems show peeling bark.
Climate/Position: full sun.
Height/Spread: up to 4 metres x 3 metres.
Soil Requirements: Any soils.
Pruning: Though can be left unpruned, regenerative pruning will involve removing a few of the oldest stems at ground level after flowering.
The species was found in China by the great plant hunter Ernest Wilson and introduced to UK. In 1963 Pink Cloud was selected as a seedling due to its floriferous nature.