Weigela rosea. - The Rose-colored Weigela. - This is another new shrub, introduced by Mr. Fortune into England from China, first noticed here by Downing.
"When I first discovered this beautiful plant," says Mr. For tune, "it was growing in a Mandarin's garden, on the island of Chusan, and literally loaded with its fine rose-colored flowers, which hung in graceful bunches from the axils of the leaves, and the ends of the branches. Every one saw and admired the beautiful Weigela. I immediately marked it as one of the finest plants of Northern China, and determined to send plants of it home in every ship, until I should hear of its safe arrival. It forms a neat bush, not unlike a Syringa (Philadel-phus) in habit, deciduous in winter, and flowering in the months of April and May. One great recommendation to it is, that it is a plant of the easiest cultivation. Cuttings strike readily any time during the winter and spring months, with ordinary attention, and the plant itself grows well in any good garden soil. It should be grown in this country as it is in China, not tied up in that formal, unnatural way in which we see plants brought to our exhibitions; but a main stem or two chosen for leaders, which, in their turn, throw out branches from their sides, and then, when the plant comes into bloom, the branches, which are loaded with beautiful flowers, hang down in graceful and natural festoons."