Friday, March 6, 2015

Beauty Bush


Walking by the Linnaea (Kolkwitzia) amabilis in June, one cannot help be attracted to the showy view. Arching sprays of open tubular pale pink blossoms entice the eye, (and being faintly fragrant, perhaps the nose), but it is the palpable buzz that piques the interest of the passing beekeeper. Bees are enchanted by the Beauty Bush, clambering in great numbers over the abundant blooms.

The specimen shown above has been trained like a standard, greatly minimizing the shrub's propensity to spread and reach. Linnaea amabilis is hardy to USDA Zone 5A, making it a perfect match for northern climates. Truly a magnificent choice for a bee friendly landscape!

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