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Crimson Kisses™ Weigela

New for 2015
by Monrovia
January 19, 2015

A new, compact reblooming Weigela with a tidy, rounded shape covered with dark, lipstick-red flowers kissed with a white eye. A versatile shrub to back a flower border or to feature in front of larger shrubs. Early trials exhibit hardiness to zone 4.

This new cultivar is the product of a breeding program conducted in a cultivated area of Hazerswoude, The Netherlands, with the goal of developing new Weigela cultivars with a shorter overall height and attractive red flowers. 'Slingco 1' originated from the crossing of the seed parent Weigela 'Evita' (not patented) and the pollen parent, Weigela 'Red Prince' (not patented) in 2005. 'Slingco 1' was selected in 2007 as a single plant within the progeny. The new cultivar is distinguishable from both parents'Red Prince'and 'Evita' in having a more compact habit and a shorter overall height. The flowers of 'Slingco 1' are red with a white eye in contrast to the purple flower buds of Evita and the purple-red flowers of both parents.

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