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Midnight Wine® Weigela florida

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12" 2'
10" - 12"
18" - 2'
  • Details


    From the breeder of Wine & Roses weigela comes dwarf Midnight Wine Weigela.

    Midnight Wine is ideal for the front of the border or for edging the perennial bed. This tidy mound of dark burgundy-purple leaves can be used as an accent plant or a dramatic mass planting. Consider using it instead of 'Crimson Pygmy' Barberry: Midnight Wine doesn't have any thorns!  It may produce a light crop of pink flowers in spring.

    Midnight Wine is maintenance free and needs no pruning because its habit is perfect the way it is. Just give it sun and water and you'll have intense color from spring to fall.

    In 2022, the new Midnight Wine Shine® weigela will hit the market as an improvement upon this variety in regions where Midnight Wine may experience tip die back in the fall.

    Foliage Interest


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Spring
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Spring
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
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    Uses Notes: 

    Use in shrub borders, grouping, masses, as a specimen or in containers (plant in ground in spring.) Very nice along walkways or other narrow sites.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers well-drained soils but is extremely adaptable to other soil types. Pruning is best done immediately after flowering; little pruning is needed. Medium moisture. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees & shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. This is a slow growing plant and may need a year in the landscape before it grows noticeably.

    Here is a nice comparison of our entire Wine series of weigela.

    Midnight Wine® Weigela florida 'Elvera' USPP 12,217, Can 2,643
  • 23 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Bought 3 for the leaf color to add dark contrast in the garden. Gets 6 hours of sun. Very disappointing mostly green with dark hues. Last year to see if converts darker, if not will replace.

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 29 weeks ago
    • I under-planted my limelight hydrangea with a few of these as annuals were not performing well in this spot. The contrast is gorgeous.

      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted five of these in the front of my border in full sun and clay soil. They are slow to start in the spring so you will need to be patient. I bought these shrubs specifically for their low compact growth habit and dark foliage rather than flowers. These plants are not prolific bloomers in fact they have very few flowers which meets my needs and expectations. The foliage is very dark and can get lost in dark colored mulch. However I use them as an anchor accent plant in a bed devoted mostly to annuals. This year I surrounded them with Peachykeen Superbena, Snow princess alyssum, and butterfly blue pin cushion flowers and the combination has exceeded my expectations.

      Rachel V
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted this last year and this year I have had tremendous growth and it is even now blooming. It looks great in my garden and I couldn't be any happier with it.

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 5 years ago
    • This plant looks it's best late summer, early fall. I've had it for 3 years and it has never flowered but it's small compact size and bright red folliage in early fall make it worth keeping. When I purchased this compact Midnight Wine, I also purchased 3 My Monet weiglia plants and I couldn't be more pleased with them. The My Monet have exceeded my expections, pretty bright pink flowers in the spring and the beautiful cream, green and pink folliage all summer long is just outstanding.

      K. Mariconda
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
    • excellent

      Mr. Helmreich
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
    • It is a beautiful specimen plant. Great for front of the border contrast .. in fact I would like to plant more of them this year !

      Joy O'Connor
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 10 years ago
    • So small it get's lost. limited flowering.

      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
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