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Goldmound Spirea

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Once a weekFull sunDeer resistantSpring to summer
  • Vibrant Golden Foliage: Features striking golden-yellow leaves that brighten the garden, turning to a lighter yellow and sometimes green in hot summers.
  • Pink Floral Displays: Produces clusters of small pink flowers, offering a beautiful color contrast and attracting pollinators.
  • Compact Growth Habit: Maintains a neat, mounded form, perfect for small gardens or spaces requiring structured plantings.

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Goldmound Spirea, scientifically known as Spiraea japonica 'Goldmound', is an eye-catching deciduous shrub renowned for its vibrant golden-yellow foliage that adds a bright splash of color to garden landscapes. This compact, mounded variety is adorned with clusters of small pink flowers in late spring to early summer, providing a stunning contrast against its luminous leaves. Ideal for borders, foundation plantings, or as a standalone accent, Goldmound Spirea is celebrated for its easy care, drought tolerance once established, and ability to attract butterflies. Its manageable size and appealing seasonal color transitions make it a popular choice among gardeners seeking to enhance their outdoor spaces with long-lasting, dynamic interest.

Growth rate: Moderate to fast growth rate; reaching a mature height of 2-3 feet and width of 3-4 feet.

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Pruning: Prune the Goldmound Spirea in late winter or early spring to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. Remove any dead or damaged branches, and thin out crowded areas to promote better airflow and overall plant health.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to provide essential nutrients for the Goldmound Spirea's growth and development. Follow the package instructions for proper application.

Winter Protection: The Goldmound Spirea is generally hardy and can withstand cold temperatures. However, in regions with severe winters, consider applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to insulate the roots and protect against freezing.

Select a sunny to partly shaded spot with well-draining soil. Plant at the same depth as the root ball and twice as wide. Water thoroughly after planting. Space shrubs 2-3 feet apart to allow for their natural spread.

The Goldmound Spirea thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. Water the shrub regularly, especially during dry periods, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Adequate watering is essential for the plant's establishment and overall health.

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Zones 4-8

Goldmound Spirea thrives in USDA Zones 4-8, adapting well to a variety of soil conditions, provided they are well-drained. It prefers full sun for the best foliage color and bloom performance but can tolerate partial shade. This shrub's resilience and compact nature make it a versatile addition to both residential and commercial landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Goldmound spirea typically reaches a mature size of around 2 to 3 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet in width. However, the actual size can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, climate, and pruning practices. With its compact and mounded growth habit, Goldmound spirea is well-suited for border plantings, mass plantings, and as a colorful accent in garden beds. Regular pruning can help maintain its shape and size while encouraging bushier growth and abundant blooms.

Goldmound spirea is known for its moderate growth rate. Under optimal conditions, it can grow at a rate of approximately 6 to 8 inches per year. However, growth rates can vary depending on factors such as soil quality, sunlight exposure, and moisture levels. Providing proper care, including regular watering, fertilizing, and pruning, can help promote healthy growth and development of the Goldmound spirea shrub.

Goldmound spirea is not considered invasive in most regions. However, it's essential to check with local authorities or extension offices to confirm its status in your specific area. While spireas, including Goldmound, are generally well-behaved landscape plants, they can spread by suckering, especially in ideal growing conditions. Regular maintenance, such as pruning to remove suckers and spent flowers, can help prevent any potential spread beyond desired boundaries.

When considering where to plant a Goldmound spirea, it's essential to choose a location that meets its sunlight and soil requirements:

Sunlight: Select a site that receives full sun to partial shade. Goldmound spirea thrives in locations with at least six hours of sunlight per day. However, it can tolerate some shade, especially in hotter climates where protection from intense afternoon sun may be beneficial.

Soil: Plant Goldmound spirea in well-draining soil with average fertility. While it can adapt to a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils, it prefers moist, loamy soil. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

In terms of landscape placement, Goldmound spirea works well as a border plant, in mixed shrub borders, or as a focal point in a garden bed. Its vibrant golden foliage adds a pop of color to the landscape, making it an excellent choice for adding visual interest to garden borders or foundation plantings.

Additionally, consider its mature size when planting to allow sufficient space for growth and ensure proper air circulation around the plant. Proper spacing will help prevent overcrowding and reduce the risk of disease development.

Goldmound and Gold Flame Spirea are both cultivars of Spirea x bumalda, but they have some differences:

Goldmound Spirea:

Foliage: The leaves of Goldmound Spirea are bright yellow-green in spring and summer, turning yellow-orange in the fall.
Flower Color: It produces clusters of pink flowers in late spring to early summer.
Size: Typically grows to be around 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Use: Often used as a low hedge, border plant, or in mass plantings.

Gold Flame Spirea:

Foliage: The leaves of Gold Flame Spirea emerge red-bronze in spring, maturing to bright yellow-green, and turn orange-red in the fall.
Flower Color: It produces clusters of pink flowers in late spring to early summer, similar to Goldmound Spirea.
Size: Can grow slightly larger than Goldmound, reaching heights of 3 to 4 feet and spreads of 4 to 6 feet.
Use: Suitable for mixed borders, foundation plantings, or as a focal point in the landscape due to its larger size.

Overall, while both cultivars have similar flower colors and care requirements, Goldmound tends to stay smaller and has bright yellow-green foliage, while Gold Flame may grow larger with reddish-bronze spring foliage.

Yes, you can cut back Spirea, including Goldmound Spirea, in the fall. Pruning in the fall helps to remove dead or diseased branches and shape the shrub before winter dormancy. However, it's generally recommended to perform major pruning and shaping of Spirea in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This timing allows the shrub to recover quickly and promotes vigorous growth and flowering during the growing season. If you choose to prune in the fall, avoid cutting back more than one-third of the plant's overall growth to avoid stressing the shrub excessively.

Caring for Goldmound spirea is relatively straightforward. Here are some essential care tips:

Sunlight: Plant Goldmound spirea in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. It prefers at least six hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and flowering.

Soil: Ensure well-draining soil with average fertility. Goldmound spirea can tolerate a range of soil types but thrives in moist, loamy soil.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the plant's establishment period. Once established, Goldmound spirea is relatively drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells.

Pruning: Prune Goldmound spirea in late winter or early spring to promote new growth and maintain its desired shape. Remove dead or damaged branches and trim back one-third of the oldest stems to encourage vigorous growth.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to conserve soil moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature.

Pest and Disease Control: Goldmound spirea is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, monitor for common issues like aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew, and treat promptly if necessary.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the vibrant foliage and beautiful blooms of Goldmound spirea in your landscape.

The best time to plant Spirea is typically in the spring or fall:

Spring planting: Planting in spring allows the shrub to establish its root system before the heat of summer. Aim for early spring, after the last frost date in your area.

Fall planting: Fall is also an excellent time to plant Spirea, as the cooler temperatures and increased moisture help the plant establish roots without the stress of summer heat. Aim to plant in early to mid-fall, allowing enough time for the roots to establish before winter.

Regardless of the planting season, ensure the shrub receives adequate water during the establishment period and is planted in well-draining soil. Avoid planting during extreme weather conditions, such as heatwaves or freezing temperatures, as this can stress the plant and hinder its establishment.

Several factors could cause Spirea to turn brown:

Watering issues: Over or underwatering can lead to stress, causing leaves to turn brown. Ensure the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Sun exposure: While Spirea generally prefers full sun, excessive heat and sunlight can scorch its leaves, turning them brown. Consider providing some shade during the hottest parts of the day.

Soil conditions: Poor soil quality, such as nutrient deficiencies or compacted soil, can impact the plant's health, leading to browning of the foliage. Test the soil and amend it as needed to improve drainage and nutrient levels.

Pests and diseases: Infestations or diseases, such as spider mites, aphids, or fungal infections, can cause browning of leaves. Inspect the plant carefully for any signs of pests or diseases and take appropriate measures to control them.

Ensure your Spirea is planted in well-draining soil, receives adequate sunlight, and is watered properly to prevent browning of the foliage. If the issue persists, consider consulting with a local gardening expert for further assistance.

Yes, Spirea is generally heat tolerant. However, it's important to note that while it can withstand moderate to high temperatures, it may still benefit from some protection during extreme heatwaves, especially if planted in areas with intense sunlight and limited access to water. Proper watering and mulching can also help maintain its health and vitality during periods of heat stress.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!