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Weigelia ‘Alexandra’

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Trial: Perennial

Trialed: 2000, 2001

Good Qualities

Year 1

Lovely burgundy foliage (3); They seem like they will be tough enough for our climate; Good vase life.

Year 2

Excellent leaf color; Tall strong stems with attractive dark maroon foliage; Nice red flowers.


Year 1

Just a smattering of flowers, very prostrate habit; Didn’t flower this year; Too short and seemed to flower in heat of summer due to stress; Takes 2-3 years to reach economic production, short stem length is first year.

Year 2

A little short in 2nd year; probably requires 3 or more years; Weigelia are slow growing; Flowers do not hold well when cut.


Year 1

Similar to ‘Wine and Roses’, which is trademarked, looks about the same to me; We didn’t cut any stems this year, too short and waiting for them to grow for next year.

Year 2

Similar to Weigelia florida; Good fall foliage; We think this will be a good greens foliage item.

Trial Data

Year 1

Weigelia ‘Alexandra’
Plants alive at end of summer (%) Plants flowering (%) Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 90.6 41.6 2.5 21.3 5.0 5.0 4.5 4.5 4.5

¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Weigelia ‘Alexandra’
Yield (stems/plant)¹ Stem Length (inches)¹ Market Appreciation Rating² Repeat Again Rating² Ease of Cultivation Rating² Average Spacing (in2)
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 67 8.5 30.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
Range of Responses 0-100 7-10 20-40 3-4 4-0 4-0 5-0 5-0

¹Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

²1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


North Creek Nursery (NC)
388 North Creek Rd.
Landenberg, PA 19350
FAX 610-255-4762

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