Culture: Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Remove faded flower clusters as practicable (light shearing is an option) to encourage additional bloom. Flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed. ‘Goldflame’ is noted for having good heat tolerance.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Japanese spirea is a dense, upright, mounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6′ tall with a slightly larger spread. Leaves (to 3″ long) are oval and sharpely toothed. Tiny pink flowers in flat-topped clusters (corymbs) cover the foliage in late spring to mid-summer with sparse and intermittent repeat bloom often occurring throughout the remainder of the growing season. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. ‘Goldflame’ is 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. This is a compact, mounded-to-spreading cultivar that grows to 3-4′ tall with a somewhat irregular habit. Rose pink flowers in flattened corymbs (to 4-6″ across) appear in late spring to early summer. This cultivar is synonymous with and formerly known as S. x bumalda ‘Goldflame’. Zones 4 to 8.
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