Spiraea japonica 'Goldmound' with Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue'

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’               Family: Rosaceae
(spy-REE-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Common name: goldmound Japanese spirea
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 3 – 4 ft (90 – 120cm)
Spread: 3 – 4 ft (90 – 120cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: A deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit. Sharply toothed, lanceolate leaves are bright yellow to yellowish-green with red tips. Masses of showy rose-pink flowers appear in late spring through summer.


Special Notes: Native to Japan. Foliage tends to hold less golden hue in deeper shade. Flowers form on current year’s growth; either prune to shape or cut back young stems and remove old stems in early spring. Late frost can damage new growth. Drought tolerant. Rabbit resistant. Propagate by seed; softwood cuttings in summer.


Posted on January 31, 2013