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Goldmound Spirea

Goldmound Spirea is a small round shrub with golden leaves. Flat clusters of pink flowers appear in June and July. The flowers are wonderful in cut arrangements. This deciduous plant is wonderful for contrast or to brighten a corner of the garden.

It needs full sun to really shine. It is easy to care for and doesn't even need pruning. The flowers attract a lot of butterflies to your garden. This little plant only grows 2 to 3 feet tall at the most in a charming mounded habit. It could easily be placed in a miniature garden or a child's fairy garden.

Landscaping Ideas

Goldmound Spirea has many uses in the landscape. Its bright leaves make it stand out anywhere. It is perfect around a pond where the golden leaves will be reflected.

Use it in a foundation planting, a border, as an accent or in mass plantings. This little plant is suitable almost anywhere. The flowers attract butterflies.

Plant this shrub with evergreens or dark green plants where it will shine. It pairs well with barberry, daylilies, bachelor's buttons and roses. New growth has a pink tinge to it that soon turns gold.

Come autumn, the leaves turn ever so slightly orange. Use this plant in a cottage garden, a woodland garden or a butterfly garden. Some find they also fit in well in a Japanese garden design.

Pruning and Planting Tips

Plant this Spirea in full sun for the best color. These tiny shrubs are easy to care for. Water regularly until well established, at which time it becomes drought tolerant. Mulch annually to keep it moist.

Pruning is only needed to remove damaged or dead branches or in case you want to keep them as small as possible. Pruning during the first two seasons will help make the shrub thick instead of leggy.

Deadhead after blooming to promote more flowering. If you do not deadhead, they fade quickly and do not detract from the beauty of the plant. Goldmound Spirea has a natural disease resistance. It also tolerates heat well. Deer do not like to eat them.

Goldmound Information

  • Scientific Name: Spiraea japonica 'Goldmound'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Chartreuse

  • Fall Color: Insignificant

  • Bloom: Pink clusters of tiny blossoms in June and July with a smaller bloom in August

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide in a mounding shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 2 to 3 feet apart for mass plantings

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