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Leaves brown-red to purple-red. Plants usually of dwarf or semi-dwarf habit; adults usually 0.5-1.5 m tall and broad. Flowers variously coloured, most often purple or red. The standard cultivar is ‘Foliis Purpureis’. (Hoffmann 2008).
Weigela NAOMI CAMPBELL
A medium sized densely branched shrub to c. 1.5 m tall and slightly wider. It is densely branched and of sturdy growth, and in a trial at Boskoop in the early 2000s was judged to be the best of the Purpurea Group for its foliage. The foliage is glossy brown-red and the flowers, relatively sparsely borne which helps to make the most of the foliage, are purple-pink. Raised by Boot & Co, Boskoop, the Netherlands in 1996. (Hoffmann 2007).
Weigela MINOR BLACK
A low and compact shrub to 0.75 m tall and to 1 m broad. Relatively small red-brown foliage can be almost completely obscured by a profusion of purple-pink funnel-shaped flowers up to 2.5 cm wide at the mouth. It was raised by B. Verhoef at Hazerswoude, the Netherlands in c. 2003 and quickly received a silver medal at Plantarium 2006 (Hoffmann 2007).