A sport of Goldflame Spirea whose bright yellow new foliage, matures to yellow-green in summer and turns coppery-orange in fall. Pink flowers contrast with the leaves. Great in the foreground of shrub borders, contrasts nicely with green plants. Deciduous.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
With such vivid seasonal foliage changes, put this shrub up front and center for full appreciation. Tailor made for foundation planting. Exceptional for shrub borders along fences, walls and buildings. Plant in creative open combinations with high contrast purple and black foliage shrubs for drama most of the year. Large enough to make a solid hedge to divide space within a garden or separating front yards. Leave natural to bring long term color and brightness into wild gardens against backgrounds of conifers and dark foliage evergreens. Perfectly versatile and appealing for calling attention to entries, gateways and focal points.
The spiraeas fall into the rose family and named from the Greek speira or wreath due to the long limbs of European species used to make traditional wedding wreaths, The hybrids of S. x bumalda are the descendents of S albiflora from Japan with white flowers, and S. Japonica found over much of temperature Eastern Asia. The original 1890 hybrid produce pink flowers at Knap Hill Nurseries in England. This cultivar was discovered at Monrovia's Cairo, Georgia growing grounds by Leslie Hudson.
European spiraeas bloom white during the traditional wedding season of late spring. It's long, whip like growth made it ideal for weaving into a country bride's head covering.