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Gold Flame Spirea

Gold Flame Spirea is a compact plant that gives you a lot of color. New growth in the spring is bronze, which matures to a soft yellow green.





Reddish pink flower clusters bloom from May through October, giving up just when it is time for the leaves to turn a soft rusty yellow and bright burgundy. The arching branches of this shrub give it nice character.

There are no serious insect or disease issues with Gold Flame Spirea. It loves sun and will perform best if you give it a sunny spot with plenty of room to grow.

Landscaping Ideas

Gold Flame Spirea is perfect as a specimen plant or in a planter. It looks terrific in a border or near an entrance. For a really stunning look, do a mass planting. The flowers last a long time and look great in cut arrangements. It offers many seasons of interest out of the year.

If you don't mind it being three feet tall, you can use it as a groundcover in some situations, like around new trees. Use groupings on a slope to stop erosion and eliminate the need to mow. Plant one in a corner to soften it. Combine this plant with contrasting shrubs or perennials. Oakleaf hydrangea and rhododendrons look nice with this plant.

Planting And Care

Plant it in full sun for the best effect. Water it regularly until it is established. It is tolerant of poor soil, drought, heat and pollution. This shrub is deer resistant.

Spirea seems to attract praying mantis, so if you prune your shrub watch out for egg cases. Praying mantis are wonderful for controlling destructive insects, so if you have several in your yard you can count yourself blessed.

This spirea is usually a healthy plant without any problems. Watch for similar issues that you would have with its cousin the rose, but problems should be few and far between. Prune as needed to shape or remove older branches to rejuvenate growth.

Spirea Information

  • Scientific Name: Spiraea x bumalda 'Goldflame'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage: Bright yellow green; new growth is bronze


  • Fall Color: Rusty yellow and burgundy

  • Bloom: Reddish - pink clusters of flowers from May to October

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 2 to 4 feet tall and wide in a rounded form

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 3 feet apart in group plantings





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