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Bush Clover Lespedeza thunbergii subsp. thunbergii 'Little Volcano'

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Bush Clover:

Previously known as:

  • Lespedeza liukiuensis
Phonetic Spelling
less-pe-DEEZ-a thun-BERJ-ee-eye thun-BERJ-ee-eye
Description

Bush Clover is a deciduous shrub that has graceful arching branches that resemble a fountain.  It grows at optimum performance when grown in full sun with medium moisture.  Ensure that proper drainage is provided.  

It will flower from late summer into fall, at a time when not much else is in bloom.  

Although indicated that this plant has a woody life cycle, it will die to the ground during hard winters in colder zones.  A good option is to cut to the ground at the end of the season.  It blooms on new wood, so cutting low will not affect the next years blooms. In areas where it does not die back, pruning can be done after the bloom period.

This cultivar of Lespedeza thunbergii does not produce seed as other varieties, therefore, eliminating the possibility of becoming invasive. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#naturalized area#late summer flowers#flowers early fall#erosion tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#naturalized area#late summer flowers#flowers early fall#erosion tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lespedeza
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    This cultivar does not produce seed so is less weedy that other members of the genus.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Late summer to early fall cascading rose to purple pea-like flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Trifolate dark green, gold in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion