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Limemound Spirea Spiraea japonica 'Lime Mound'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

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

Limemound Spirea is a cultivar deciduous shrub in the rose family with lime green colored leaves.  It is a hybrid cross between S. japonica and S. albiflora.  Compact in habit, this shrub boasts showy small pink flowers that appear in late spring and last until mid-summer attracting 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.  

Plant this mounding small shrub as a specimen, use it in small groups along a shrub border, as a foundation planting or low hedge.  The lime green leaves look lovely next to the red bricks of a patio or in a cottage or rock garden. 

This plant is resistant to damage by deer.  Propagate by dividing the root fall 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:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#low maintenance#mass planting#air pollution tolerant#deer resistant#shrub border#foundation planting#small flowers#long bloom time#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#early summer flowers#fall color yellow#small group plantings#clay soils tolerant#pathways#nectar plant late spring#fall color red#fall color orange#lime green leaves#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Spiraea
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    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. - 4 ft. 0 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:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Tiny pink flowers in corymbs bloom from late spring to mid-summer
  • 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:
    Simple ovate toothed leaves are yellow when they appear in early spring and turn lime green with a bit of russet as they mature.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    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