How to Prune a Variegated Weigela


Variegated weigela is weigela with multicolored leaves, usually with one color on the outside lining of the leaf and another color inside. Weigela is a deciduous shrub that is native to Japan, according to the University of Connecticut. It is hardy to USDA zone 5 and grows up to 12 feet tall with a 9-foot spread. It has small, colorful flowers between May and June, but it only blooms for about two weeks. The two types of variegated weigela offer more year-round interest than other varieties.

Step 1

Remove any dead, damaged or diseased foliage at the base of the variegated weigela plant using the pruning shears.

Step 2

Cut one third of the oldest variegated weigela canes to the ground, according to the University of North Dakota. The oldest canes will be the ones that did not have any flowers on them before you pruned them. The wood will also be thicker--more than 1 inch in diameter.

Step 3

Cut back any over-reaching branches to the desired shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • University of Connecticut: Weigela
  • University of North Dakota: Questions on: Weigela
  • Pennlive: Pruning out-of-control weigela
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.