Magic Carpet Spirea
Spiraea japonica 'Walbuma'
|Description||A neat, compact, mounded shrub with vibrant red new leaves. Clusters of small pink flowers contrast with bright gold mature foliage that turns rich russet red in fall. This extraordinary combination of colors will brighten and enhance any landscape. Deciduous.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing compact mound; reaches 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 in. wide.|
|Special Features||Attracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Compact Form|
|Flower Attributes||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Ground Cover|
|Design Ideas||This is an exceptional low growing shrub to brighten and fill in skimpy beds and borders. Guaranteed to add zest to any foundation planting scheme. Use to flesh out contrast at the lawn's edge. Neaten up in front of old shrubs with bare legs. Line them up along driveway or sidewalk for cheerful curb appeal. Sets nicely into foreground of woodlands to bring light to a shaded background. Even works well with spare modern designs needing vividly colored foliage with some seasonal change.|
|Companion Plants||Salvia (Salvia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Weigela (Weigela); Barberry (Berberis); Coneflower (Echinacea)|
|Care||Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Remove spent blooms after flowering. Often grows larger than average in highly fertile soils; may be pruned heavily to maintain size.|
|Lore||The S. japonica clan is a large group of ornamental shrubs that fall into the Rose Family. It's named for the European species from the Greek speria or wreath attesting to its whip like growths bearing white flowers worn at weddings. But the Japonicas came about far later and first identified by Carl Thunberg, among the earliest western plant hunters to botanize Japan. However, plants were not introduced to the West until about 1870. Native Spiraeas of Europe were well known as the source of white flowered wreaths worn by country brides in spring weddings.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9
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