About: Spiraea jap. ‘Golden Elf’: A deciduous low growing compact shrub.This new comer to the golden leaf world reaches a height of 6 to 8 inches while spreading 18 to 24 inches. Plant in full sun for bright golden yellow foliage color. Reddish pink flowers May through June. Tolerates most soils. Great choice for a rock garden due to its intense color and small compact habit. Makes an eye catching mass planting. Grows to 6 to 8 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Zones 4-7.