A tale of two beauty bushes (Kolkwitzia amabilis). This one is growing in full sun, spilling over the top of a fence along Broadway Avenue in Leaside. The other one was too pathetic, ungainly and flowerless to photograph, growing in shade in my neighbourhood today.
Sunshine is the secret to such a splendiferous display of beauty-bushiness. Tree guru Michael Dirr isn’t fond of this shrub for its lacklustre performance in other seasons. But, I gotta tell ya. When grown well, it’s enough to make you pull over the car on a busy street and take a picture.
Incidentally, the name: Its genus Kolkwitzia is named for Mr. Kolkwitz, a botanist. Its specific epithet amabilis, appropriately, means lovely.