Spiraea x bumalda 'Monhub'Item #7123 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Bright lemon yellow foliage matures to a vivid lime green on a compact mounding form. Produces lovely panicles of soft pink blooms in summer. Brilliant fall color is provided by the orange-red foliage on red stems. Works well as a filler with green-leaved plants or for mass plantings. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:spy-REE-a x bew-MAL-daPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 21, 31 - 43Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Special features:Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasWith 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.Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Spruce (Picea); Barberry (Berberis)
- CareCare InformationPrefers average, lightly acidic, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune lightly after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:European spiraeas bloom white during the traditional wedding season of late spring and summer. It's long, whip like growth made it ideal for weaving into a country bride's head covering.