Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-6' Width/Spread: 4-6'

A plant so nice, we named it twice! If you’re on the hunt for something extraordinary, you’ve met your match with Jolene Jolene® beautybush. If you’ve ever seen a Kolkwitzia before, you might be familiar with its massive habit (up to 10 feet tall and wide), but this new one is half the size and can easily fit into any landscape. Its yellow-throated, star-shaped pink flowers appear down the length of each cascading branch, highlighting the fountain-like habit. This deer-resistant shrub is the perfect specimen plant for gardeners who like to make a splash and support pollinators at the same time.

Why grow Jolene Jolene® beautybush?

  • Impressive specimen plant
  • Unique pollinator plant
  • Prolific flower show

Jolene Jolene habit icon


Light: Performs well in areas that get 4 or more hours of direct light. At the warmer end of its zone range, it does appreciate getting shade in the afternoon. This will give it the healthiest, most vibrant looking foliage.

Soil: Will grow well in most soil types, it just needs good drainage to thrive.

Water: Has average water needs. It does not respond well to any period of extended sogginess, like overwatering or heavy continuous rain events. After it is established, it would much prefer to be too dry than too wet.

Fertilizing: Nothing special is required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended. It has an elegant, arching habit that is best left to grow naturally. However, periodic rejuvenation pruning every 3 to 5 years can be helpful to keep the plant flowering well. This is the process of removing the oldest, thickest branches all the way back to the ground. This promotes juvenile growth which will flower most prolifically.

Other: It’s related to popular plants Weigela and Diervilla. You might see a connection between these plants in their arching habits.

Botanical Name

Kolkwitzia amabalis 'SMNKADTF' PP#34,295; CBRAF


4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, Yellow






Full Sun, Part Sun


Any, Average, Dry, Well-draining

Season of Interest



Borders, Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant

Blooms on

Old wood


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