Variegated weigela is an aptly-named cultivar of Weigela florida, according to North Carolina State University. As its name implies, this particular variety of W. florida has leaves with margins edged in creamy white. Another cultivar, "Nana Variegated", is slightly smaller than F. florida "Variegated". Other than the markings on the edges of the leaves, this shrub is similar to other weigela plants in both its care needs and appearance.
W. florida "Variegated" is a wide shrub that features gracefully arching branches. In the spring, those branches become covered with clusters of small, rose-pink flowers. The plant averages 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide, according to the website of horticulturist George Weigel. This is smaller than some other cultivars of W. florida, which can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide.
Variegated weigela bushes are temperate-climate plants. They thrive in mild temperatures, with moderately cold winters and warm but not severely hot summers. These shrubs grow and bloom best in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) growing zones 4 through 8, according to North Carolina State University.
Soil and Light
W. florida is a versatile plant. It can tolerate air pollution, can grow in full sun or partial shade and can adapt to many different types of soil, according to North Carolina State University. In general, the plant thrives in rich, loamy soil that is well-draining.
Fertilize in the spring with a phosphorus-rich, slow-release fertilizer. Water enough so that the soil is slightly moist until the bush flowers. Once the flowers fade, prune the bush (by clipping individual branches) back by one-third to one-half, and reduce watering so that the plant can enter a period of dormancy.
Problems and Uses
Variegated weigela rarely suffers from diseases or insect pests, according to the website of horticulturist George Weigel. It makes an excellent specimen plant or foundation shrub, especially in a location where it can receive morning sunlight. These plants make beautiful hedges and are also interesting habitat plants, as they attract butterflies and other insects as well as hummingbirds.