Dream Catcher® Beauty Bush

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The Dream Catcher® Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Maracdo') is a wonderful and regrettably underutilized deciduous shrub with dramatic ever-changing color throughout the growing season!

Beloved for its orderly oppositely arranged foliage that emerges in spring as copper, then turns yellow before maturing to a green-tinted golden-chartreuse by summer and finally transforms orange and gold in fall.

This lovely shrub has long, arching stems that stretch up and out before weeping, becoming smothered in clusters of five-petaled pink bell-shaped flowers that have spotted golden orange throats. Closely related to Weigela and Diervilla, the similar-looking flowers attract equally as many Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies to their display!

Maracdo Beauty Bush, sometimes spelled as one word, is widely adaptable throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 9 and can reach a stunning 6-9 foot size. Once the deciduous golden orange fall foliage drops, you'll enjoy persistent seed capsules and exfoliating bark on mature stems as delightful winter interest.

Planting and Application:

Bolster your foundation plantings with a showy cascading Dream Catcher® planted at the corner of your home, or set upon a raised front yard berm for all to see! The golden chartreuse foliage and cascading branching will catch the eye of everyone driving by!

Equally impressive in long rows, where each shrub is given some room to spread and show off its form without crowding, becoming high-impact hedges, privacy groupings, backdrops, and property division without excessive maintenance! Best when grown in their natural weeping form, create straight or winding rows, informal allees, zigzagging borders, and formally spaced screening by planting 5-7 feet apart on center.

A single specimen brightens an entire garden bed and shows off among other chartreuse foliage shrubs, yellow and orange flowering perennials, or yellow variegated foliage plants. Light up a mixed shrub border along the back of your property without worrying about deer, or add contrast to dark evergreen trees and shrubs in a windbreak or shelterbelt!

  • Early Spring Soft Pink Flower Clusters With Orange Throats
  • Color Changing Foliage - Coppery to Yellow to Chartreuse
  • Hummingbird, Bee & Pollinator-Friendly
  • Golden Orange Fall Color & Exfoliating Bark
  • Large Form With Long Arching Stems
  • Dramatic Backdrops, Privacy, Hedges, Specimens & Impressive Property Division

#ProPlantTips For Care

Kolkwitzia should be planted in full sun to part shade in cooler climates, but are happier in part shade/afternoon shade in hotter growing zones. You'll get the best foliage color in filtered sun locations. Highly adaptable to many types of well-drained soils, including clay soil that doesn't become soggy. They need moderate yet regular moisture during their establishment phase, but once they are settled in their new home, only need supplemental moisture during drought and prolonged heat spells.

Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster for lifelong symbiotic root support. As with all plants, these shrubs appreciate 3-4 inches of arborist mulch spread around their root system, but not piled up against their stems.

Kolkwitzia blooms on old wood, so only prune immediately after flowering to not interrupt their flowering. It is best to renewal prune instead, removing the fattest, oldest stems from the interior as close to the ground as possible, every 3-5 years.

  • Best in Partial Shade
  • Any Well-Drained Soil - Tolerantes Draining Clay
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Blooms On Old Wood - Prune After Flowering Only
  • Deer Resistant Deciduous Shrub

Order the Dream Catcher® Maracdo Beauty Bush now so you can look forward to the wonderful transitioning fall color and showy spring flowers! Available at NatureHills.com for shipping to your doorstep today!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Dream Catcher® Beauty Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Maracdo'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 9 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 9 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink With Orange Throats
Foliage Golden Yellow
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes