Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
Category: Deciduous Trees
Beautybush is one among the varieties of flowering plants that belong to the Caprifoliaceae family, and it is the only known variety in the monotypic species Kolkwitzia. This tree variety is a deciduous shrub recognized by the general name beauty bush.
The Beautybush plant is capable of growing up to a height of eight feet with an arching, distribution shrub, with light brown peeling bark and elegant bowing branches. Usually, this tree variety is as broad as it is high. The tree produces flowers in late spring. The flowers of the tree have dark pink color in the bud and attain the light pink color after the blossom. The shape of the flowers looks like a bell, and they appear with the length of an inch. Similar to the other varieties of the Caprifoliaceae family, the flowers of the Beautybush tree normally grow in pairs and shape ostentatious, several sprays along mature wood. The leaves of this tree variety are opposite, plain and ovate, with the length ranges from half an inch to three inches, entire or with some thin shallow teeth. The fruit of the tree is a bushy, ovoid shell, appearing with the length of 0.25 inches.
The Beautybush trees need frequent pruning. In the backyard, the plant needs an abundance of space to expand its long, bowing sprays, dipping the enticement to club it back, which causes an abnormal witches' broom. Rarely, grown-up stems thicker than a broomstick are supposed to be eliminated at the foot when the flowering shrub is latent, to cheer young, free-flowering development.
Beautybush trees may be grown or massed as a hedge or screen on bigger properties. This tree variety is slightly ornamental for use as a sample in shrub borders, lawns, or foundations.
Under good conditions, the Beautybush trees are long lived. Consistent with the research, a few Beautybush trees are hundreds of years old.