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Japanese Spirea 'Gold Mound' Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Spirea bumalda 'Gold Mound'
Phonetic Spelling
sp-i-REE-a ja-PON-i-ka
Description

Goldmound Spirea is a cultivar deciduous shrub in the rose family with characteristically golden colored leaves.  It is a hybrid cross between S. japonica ‘Alpina’ and S. japonica ‘Goldflame’.  Compact in habit, this shrub boasts showy small pink flowers that appear in late spring and attract butterflies.  Plant in the full sun, in moist well-drained soils.  It will tolerate very light shade and a wide range of soils but prefers organically rich loams.  Prune in the late winter to early spring as flowers appear on new wood.  

Its chartreuse leaves make an excellent contrast to other landscape plants and it can be used as a specimen, planted in small groups in a shrub border, along a foundation or as a low hedge.  Plant in large containers on a patio or use in a cottage or rock style garden.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.  Propagate by dividing the root ball in the spring or fall or by soft wood cuttings in the summer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#full sun#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#low maintenance#mass planting#hedges#deer resistant#shrub border#foundation planting#small flowers#rock gardens#late spring flowers#fall color yellow#small group plantings#compact habit#pathways#nectar plant late spring#walkways#fall color red#fall color orange#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Spiraea
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    erosion, clay, air pollution, deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Tiny pink late spring flowers appear on 3" wide corymbs. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage rebloom. Flowers appear on new wood.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are gold in early spring when they first leaf out and mature to green-gold. Fall bring intresting shades of yellow, orange and/or red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Erosion
    Pollution