Florida bred deciduous Weigela Wings of Fire is an autumn glory with its red and orange-bronze foliage. It’s a good choice shrub for small gardens that need more autumn colour. This is a more compact Weigela variety by Dutch Nursery Henny Kolster. It is a new selection noted mostly for its foliage.
Weigela Florida Wings of Fire sprouts new green foliage in spring, alongside pink bell-shaped flowers. These tubular blooms form along the branch length in huge numbers attracting large bumblebees. Wings of Fire holds the RHS Perfect for Pollinator’s title for its pollinator-friendly properties and is definitely a great shrub for wildlife.
The pretty blooms and foliage last the growing season with foliage starting to turn bronze at the beginning of summer. In September to October the foliage really takes over when older leaves turn vivid red, orange, bronze and shades of burgundy before falling with the frosts. In winter Weigela Florida Wings of Fire lies dormant before bursting into colour the following spring. This is a highly colourful shrub that can outperform many other border plants.
Height and Spread of Weigela Wings of Fire Weigela Florida Wings of Fire will grow to a maximum height and spread of just 1 metre. It’s a good size for the mixed border as it doesn’t become too large.
How Hardy Is Weigela Wings of Fire Weigela Wings of Fire is hardy through sub-zero winters, but its best planted out of harsh, drying winds and frost pockets which can damage the foliage.
How To Use Weigela Wings of Fire You can plant Weigela Wings of Fire for its showy summer and autumn display. It looks good in the border where its pink tubular flowers attract pollinators, and its red leaves light up an early autumn. It also does well as a terrace plant in an ornamental pot so long as you water and feed it regularly.
How To Care For Weigela Wings of Fire This variety of Weigela needs little care but does best in fertile well-drained soils. It tolerates chalk and clay if free-draining and appreciates a thick layer of organic manure in early spring. Wings of Fire grows best in full sun which ensures the most colourful foliage display in autumn, but it will also happily grow in partially shady sites. Pruning is not necessary as it doesn’t grow to a large size and keeps a well-rounded attractive shape, however, if you want to remove broken or crossed stems do so during the winter before new foliage develops.
If you love autumn colour Weigela Wings of Fire is an interesting alternative to the smaller Japanese maples that’s just as bright and colourful, but more tolerant of planting conditions. A great buy that suits every size garden and planting scheme.