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Thunberg Lespedeza Lespedeza thunbergii

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
less-pe-DEEZ-a thun-BER-jee-eye
Description

Lespedeza thunbergii is a deciduous shrub that grows as a fountain-like mound of arching stems.  Grow in full sun or part shade.  A location with full sun will produce the best flowering.  Will grow in a variety of soils as long as good drainage is provided.  

Pruning should be done in late winter to early spring before new growth begins as this plant will bloom on new growth only.  Pruning to the ground in late winter will encourage rapid spring growth.  

Arching stems that reach ground level and continue to grow horizontally along the ground can set out roots where the nodes come in contact with the ground.  It will also reseed itself. 

Deemed a Plant of Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Gibraltar'
    Blooms late summer-early fall. Fountain-like arching stems.
  • 'Samidare'
    Fuchsia pink blooms - 4-5' tall
'Alba', 'Gibraltar', 'Samidare'
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#deer resistant#erosion tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Gibraltar'
    Blooms late summer-early fall. Fountain-like arching stems.
  • 'Samidare'
    Fuchsia pink blooms - 4-5' tall
'Alba', 'Gibraltar', 'Samidare'
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#deer resistant#erosion tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lespedeza
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Himalaya to Central & S. China and Temp. E. Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Screening
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Pea shaped flowers on 6" racemes
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Trifoliate, bluish-green leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Multi-stemmed
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds