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Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame'
Compact, mounded-to-spreading shrub with somewhat irregular habit noted for the changing colors of its foliage. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring, mature to yellow-green by summer and finally acquire interesting yellow-orange-copper hues in fall.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Average, medium moisture, well-drained. Tolerates a wide range; prefers rich, moist loams
Med - Lg Shrub (usually >3' and never < 1.5')
Western state native:
Leaves alternate, simple, oval-lanceolate, 2.5-7.5 cm long, bronze gold, with some red, in spring, yellow-green in summer, copper orange in fall.
Predominant flower color:
Panicles of rosy red flowers rise above the foliage
Fall Color Description:
Copper orange foliage
Winter Interest Description:
Used by Wildlife:
Flowers mostly in sprays along one-year-old or two-year-old branches. Cut off spent flowering branches immediately after flowering. This will help to produce the maximum amount of vigorous flowering wood.
Prune diseased, dead, damaged; deadhead
Flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed
Long Term Care:
Aphid, Snapdragon Plume Moth, Spider Mite
Spiraea powdery mildew
Can be aggressive self-seeders, and have escaped gardens and naturalized in many areas of the eastern U.S. Plants will also spread in the garden by suckering.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
Alternate Source 1:
Alternate Source 2:
Oregon Flora Project. Oregon Wildflowers:A Guide to the Wildflowers, Shrubs and Vines of Oregon. Botany & Plant Pathology Department, Oregon State University & High Country APPs, LLC
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