A typical representative of the Rosaceae family is a beautiful flowering shrub called spirea Goldflame. Gardeners loved this unpretentious plant for its luxurious look and long flowering. Originally from Japan and China, today it is grown in many regions of Russia and is able to decorate any landscape.
This type of spirea is a low shrub (from 60 to 80 cm) with a diameter of one meter, having unusual color leaves. They have the ability to change their color throughout the season. Initially, they have a bronze-golden or orange color, then turn yellow, and by the time of flowering they acquire a greenish tint. Such leaves remain until September. When the flowering period ends, they again become bright orange. The length of the oblong, elliptical shape of the leaves is 5–8 cm.
From June to the end of August the bush is covered with small pink flowers, gathered in shields. Spiraea Goldflame is the record for the duration of flowering among all members of this species. The flowed aromas of the flower caps give the plant a very impressive look. It grows slowly - over the year it increases in size by no more than 10 cm.
Spiraea Goldfleym, described above, loves the light, so it is preferable to plant it in sunny areas. In the shade the leaves of the shrub turn green. The plant itself is unpretentious. But if he creates good conditions for growth and development, then it will be able to maximize its decorative properties. Therefore, it is best to plant a spirea in the field of fertile, moderately wet, with a good drainage layer. Brighter, almost purple leaf color is found in bushes growing on acidic soils. When choosing a site where the spirea will be located, it should be noted that near-root growth will appear next to it. Therefore, the area occupied by the plant will be larger.
Even a novice gardener can grow such a plant as spirea Goldflame. Planting and caring for this plant are not difficult. When purchasing seedlings, you need to carefully look at the roots - they should not be overdried. If the shoots are flexible, with well-developed buds, therefore, the plant is healthy.
The landing pit is dug in advance - in about 3-4 days. Its size should be one third greater than the volume of the roots of the plant. For the drainage layer, a broken brick is suitable, which is filled with a layer of at least 20 cm. The soil mixture is prepared from turfy soil, humus, peat and sand (in a ratio of 3: 2: 1: 1, respectively). Carefully straightening the roots, the seedling is placed in the planting hole and sprinkled on the root neck of the harvested earthen mixture. After that, the plant must be thoroughly watered, mulched and make small depressions in the soil near the trunk to retain water. Landing is recommended in rainy or cloudy weather.
How to care for spirea
Japanese spirea (photos can be found in this article) does not require too much attention of the gardener. Like most horticultural crops, it is important for her to have timely watering and fertilizing. During the dry period, it is recommended to pour a bucket of water on each bush 2 times a month. The younger the plant, the more water it needs. The soil around the trunk must be kept loose, removing the weeds that appear in time. It is very useful to carry out mulching. You can use for this peat, compost or chopped bark of trees.
As a fertilizer for spirea, Kemira Universal is very effective. It is used at the rate of 100 g per 1 m² for plants planted in the spring. Then twice during the summer spend liquid feeding. The first time - after pruning, using complex mineral fertilizers, the second time - in July infusion of mullein (from 1 to 3 liters per bush). You can add to it superphosphate (10 g per bucket).
This culture is growing very fast. To reduce its size and increase tillering, spiraea pruning is carried out. This removes old, weak or broken shoots and those that have been frostbitten during the winter. They are shortened quite a bit - to large buds. More daring pruning is done to rejuvenate the shrub. Remove almost all shoots, leaving only a stump. Such pruning spirea serves as a powerful impetus for the active development of young shoots. Forming a bush, it is also removed in such a way that only 5-6 strongest and strongest shoots are left. The harder the plant is trimmed, the more luxuriant and more beautiful the bush grows.
Spiraea Goldflame can multiply in various ways (seeds, cuttings, dividing a bush). The description of each of them should be considered in detail.
Seeds are sown in early spring in containers filled with soil mixture. When seedlings get a little stronger (around June or July), they can be planted in open ground. In order for the roots to develop better, the main one is pinched. When breeding seeds varietal characteristics are not preserved.
For planting Japanese Spireas using cuttings, they are harvested in July, slicing from annual shoots so that each has 5-6 leaflets. Then, for 12 hours, they are placed in a “Epin” solution, treated with “Kornevin”, and only after that they are placed in a rooting substrate. Capacity with planting material to cover the film. Three times a day, it is opened slightly and sprayed with cuttings of water. In the fall, they are planted on the bed, because by this time the roots are already formed. Covering dry leaves, cover the top of the box. In the spring cuttings are transplanted to a permanent place.
Reproduction by dividing the bush is done in the fall, before the spiraea Goldflame begins to fold leaves. A plant that has reached the age of three years is completely dug out, the roots are thoroughly washed, and they are divided into 3 or 4 parts using a pruner. At the same time, each delenka should have a good root lobe and at least 2-3 strong shoots. Bush is placed in the prepared planting hole, straightening the roots, and sprinkled with earthen mixture. After planting, the plants need good watering.
Preparing for the winter
Adult plants are quite hardy and do not require shelter for the winter. Small frost damage spirea is not terrible, because it recovers very quickly due to the formation of new shoots. But the young bush has to be protected from the cold, especially in the first year of life.
Before the onset of the first frosts, the soil around the plant should be properly loosened by pouring a mound of 20 cm of garden soil into the center. For mulching the tree trunk, you can use decomposed compost or peat. Then the branches of the plant are connected and, putting burlap under them or sketching dry foliage, bend down to the ground. To fix them in this position, you can use metal clips. After that, the bush is covered with insulation. Snow can also perform this function if it falls in sufficient quantities.
Diseases and pests
The Japanese spirea is practically not subject to diseases. Photos posted in this article show how a healthy plant usually looks. But pests sometimes attack it. The most dangerous is the spider mite, as a result of which the plant leaves turn yellow and fall. When detecting the first signs (the appearance of cobwebs and small holes in the leaves and inflorescences), it is necessary to take emergency measures. For the control of spider mites, effective, proven agents are Phosphamide or Karbofos.
Often the plant overcomes aphid, causing major harm to young inflorescences. You can destroy it using the "Pyrimor". This tool helps to cope with many other pests at the same time, such as a miner, rosaceous moth, etc.
Spirea in landscape design
For decoration of the garden plot, this plant is simply irreplaceable due to its amazing ability to maintain a decorative appearance throughout the season - from early spring to late autumn. Spirey Goldfleyme in landscape design can be used as a main element and as an addition to the composition. It looks great in a small garden and in a luxurious country estate.
In group plantings, this plant is planted together with lilac, Chubushnik, primrose, lily of the valley, curb leaves, etc. It looks pretty impressive next to lavender, Potentilla and barberries. It also stands out very nicely against the background of a green carpet of ground cover perennials of spiraea Goldflame.
A hedge, alpine hills, complex flower beds - this plant is used everywhere. The big advantage is the low cost of planting material and the ability to give the bush the desired shape.
Japanese Spirea does not require much attention and special care, and a lush, spreading bush will delight everyone with its elegant look for the whole summer.
Description of Japanese Goldflame Spirea
Spiraea Goldflame belongs to deciduous shrubs of the Rosaceae family. The natural habitats of its growth are Japan and China. Spirea bush can reach a height of 0.6-1 m.
During the season, the color of the foliage of the spirea changes several times - from bright green at the beginning to bright yellow at the end. No wonder she was given the name Goldfleim, because “golden flame” in English means “golden flame”.
Spirea leaves are thick, elongated, with sharp ends and notched edges. With sufficient sunlight, the foliage has a bright color. For the year the growth of the bush is only 10 cm.
Spiraea Goldfleim blooms from the beginning of June until the end of August. Small pink flowers, collected in small corymbose inflorescences, exude a pleasant aroma, which attracts bees.
Often beekeepers near the landings of the spirea place hives. This plant produces phytoncides that disinfect the surrounding air. It has long been observed that near the spiraea, breathing is easier.
The use of Spirea Goldflame in landscape design
Due to its many advantages, Spiraea Goldflame is widely used in landscape design. It is good in single plantings and in compositions with silverweed, hunter and lavender.
You can often see spirea, planted as a hedge and a border. It looks great in the alpine hills, garden topiarnymi figures.
Not only gardens and parks adorn the spirei bushes Goldfleim. Its branches with unusually colored foliage and bright fragrant flowers are used for cutting into bouquets, florists make interesting compositions with them.
Site selection and preparation for planting
- Spirea loves a lot of light, but not the scorching rays of the sun. In constant shade, the leaves of the plant will not change color, it will be monotonous and dull, and flowering will be made scarce.
- Drafts and strong winds will not add beauty to this plant. Unfavorable on the spirea bush will be reflected by the close flow of groundwater, moisture stagnation in lowland places.
- The soil should be chosen fertile, loose, well-drained, with high acidity. The more acidic the soil, the brighter and more beautiful the foliage of the bush.
- If the soil in the selected area is depleted, then it is necessary to dig it with the addition of sod, humus, peat and sand.
- When choosing seedlings spiraea Goldflame should pay attention to the roots and branches. Roots must be well developed, moist and resilient or covered with a moist earthy ball. On flexible and live branches there should be no leaves, only buds.
Planting Spirea Goldflame is best done in late autumn, after the end of leaf fall or in early spring, when the buds have not yet appeared. It is desirable that the weather was cloudy and even rainy.
- Pit need to dig a few days before planting. Its width should be 1/3 greater than the volume of the roots.
- Before planting, the roots of the seedling are soaked in water for 20 minutes.
- Dried and damaged roots are removed from the seedling. Shoots are cut to 1/3 of the length.
- At the bottom of the pit arrange drainage of expanded clay or brick fragments.
- Have a seedling in the middle of the pit, and gently straighten the roots.
- The roots of the sapling fall asleep with soil, while ensuring that the radical neck is flush with the soil surface.
- Lightly tamp the soil, and well watered circle circle.
Spiraea Goldflame is famous for its unpretentiousness, but for a lush and long flowering, for a good state of foliage will have to make a minimum of effort.
Young bushes need more frequent watering. Mature plants can easily survive the drought, but it is better to water them additionally in the heat once a week. In the usual time it will be enough to pour 2 buckets of water under one bush 1 time in 2 weeks.
For watering, it is necessary to use water that has settled and heated in the sun.
Spiraeus Goldflame should be fertilized 3-4 times per season. For fertilizers used fertilizer "Kemira Universal" with the addition of superphosphate. After fertilization, the plant must be watered well.
The first pruning is done on the fourth season of bush life. In the spring, frozen and dried twigs are removed, and at the end of summer pruned buds are pruned. Sometimes in early spring, before the appearance of buds, they do deep pruning to rejuvenate the bush and to prolong its life.
Mulching and loosening
After each watering, the ground around the bush should be loosened and mulched using compost or peat, even shredded bark will be suitable for this purpose. These activities will allow to keep soil moisture for a long time. In mulch, earthworms settle, which loosen the soil well. Be sure to promptly remove weeds.
Fight against diseases and pests
One of the many advantages of the Japanese Goldflam spirea is its high disease resistance. But harmful insects can attack spirea bushes:
- The most dangerous - spider mite. The product of his activity is a cobweb, which entangles the leaves. Whitish spots appear on them, and gradually the leaves dry out and die. Against the spider mite, bushes are treated with a 0.2% phosphamide solution.
- Aphids and Rosaceae can cause irreparable harm to the bushes. When they are detected, the plants should be treated with Pyrimor or Actellic solutions.
Experienced gardeners recommend spraying a bush when watering water from a slug, this will help wash away the pests. Also used the popular way of dealing with aphids and spider mites - spraying infusion of clove grass cut.
To do this, 1 kg of chopped cow parsnip is poured with 1 liter of warm water and infused for 24 hours, after which the infested bushes are sprayed with infusion. It should be borne in mind that the hogweed is poisonous, and all work with it should be done with gloves.
Shelter for the winter
Spirea Goldflame is a frost-resistant plant. But young bushes in the first two seasons for the winter must be covered. Before the onset of sustainable frosts, the ground around the bush should be loosened, mulched, a sackcloth should be laid under the branches, and dry leaves should be placed on top.
To tie the shoots, to bend down to the ground, fasten with straps and wrap with a special covering material. In the spring shelter dismantled. Adult bushes do not need shelter, even if the branches are completely frozen, they should be cut off in the spring, and the bush will easily recover.
Spirea goldflame is a deciduous shrub between sixty to eighty centimeters. During the year, this plant repeatedly changes the color of its foliage - from rich green to bright yellow, hence the name goldflame, which in English means “golden flame”.
The foliage itself is lush, uniform, which attracts gardeners and landscape designers a lot - such a shrub will look beneficial in any garden. During flowering leaves reach a saturated light green, and small flowers take a mauve color. The leaves themselves have an elongated shape with sharp, teeth-like edges.
The color of the foliage also depends on the age of the shrub and the amount of sun falling on the foliage. Young goldfish spirea will take on an orange color, and with age the foliage will brighten to light yellow shades. Also, with plenty of sunshine, the leaves of goldfish spirea will be bright, saturated colors, and with a lack of sunny color - darker and more restrained.
For the year, the volume of shrubs increases slightly, only ten centimeters in diameter. Spireas bloom goldflame in the summer - from June to August - for fifty days. At this time on the bushes appear small pink flowers, which are collected in medium-sized inflorescences and exude a sweet pleasant aroma.
- Spirey goldflame
- Spirey Boumalda
- Spirea willow
- White Spirea
Spirey Goldflame loves the sun, so when choosing a place to plant a shrub, you should give preference to an open area where much light will fall. Without the sun, the leaves of the spirea will turn green, lose their ornamental properties, and the plant will scarcely bloom.
The plant itself is unpretentious, but if you take into account all the few needs for better flowering of the shrub, it will give maximum growth and beauty. The soil for planting should choose fertile, with moderate humidity, there should be good drainage. Если посадить спирею на кислую почву, это повлияет на окрас листвы — она будет ярче, цвет будет доходить до пурпурного.
Also note that the spirea will give basal growth, so it will take up more space, therefore, it is worth considering the area and allocate more space for the shrub.
Since spirea is an undemanding plant, it will be easy to plant and grow it. When buying seedlings pay attention to the roots - they must be hydrated. If they are dry, it means that the plant is unhealthy and will not take root. Also look at the shoots - a healthy plant has moving shoots, with pronounced buds.
It is worth digging a hole for planting in advance, approximately two to four days before planting. The landing itself should be carried out not in sunny weather, but in overcast or even rainy. Its size should be taken into account with respect to the volume and diameter of the roots, the pit should be one and a half times larger than the roots.
As a drainage suitable materials that can be purchased at a gardening shop, as well as broken bricks. The drainage layer is about twenty centimeters. Soil mixture should be in the ratio of 3: 2: 1: 1 of turf land, humus, peat and sand, respectively.
After placing the seedling carefully in the hole prepared beforehand, flatten the roots and sprinkle with soil mixture to the root collar. When planting is completed, the seedling needs to be watered abundantly and small holes should be made in the soil to retain moisture.
As already mentioned above, Japanese spirea is an unpretentious shrub, so caring for it will not be difficult. Young spirea, in the first year, requires abundant watering. Also, a young plant should be protected from cold weather, since in the first year it may die from severe frost.
Over time, an adult plant can survive short periods of drought and cold. In the hot period, two buckets of water every two weeks should be poured onto the spirea. In moderate weather conditions, the spirea should be watered moderately, after each watering it is necessary to loosen the earth and in time to pull out the weeds that appear.
Shrub diseases and pest control
Spiraea Japanese goldflame is practically not susceptible to diseases, but even if it falls ill, it tolerates them easily and does not require special care. However, the shrub may be attacked by insects. The most frequent and dangerous is a spider mite and aphid.
When a spider mite attacks, the leaves of the spirea become yellowish, they begin to fall off and small holes appear in them. Also a clear sign of a tick attack is the appearance of spiderwebs in the foliage. It is worth taking quick action - “Karbofos” or “Phosphamide” will help in curing the plant from spider mite.
When attacking a spiraea, Japanese aphids mainly suffer from young shoots. To combat this and some other pests should use "Pirimor".
Use in landscape design
Since the Japanese goldflyme spirea does not require special care, it is often used to design urban flower beds and school sites. However, it will also look luxurious in the suburban areas in the gardens. Since spirea retains its beauty all year round, it will be an indispensable decoration of any site.
Also from the spirea often make hedges - they look elegant and bright. In complex flower gardens, too, use this shrub to give them brightness and vitality. This is an indispensable plant in many landscape compositions!
Japanese golfer spirey varieties (goldflame)
- Dubravkolistnaya - The bush is huge, up to 2 meters high. Stems drooping, ovate leaves, pointed at the end, richly green in color, blooms from mid-May. The flowers are white, falling down, resembling the veil of the bride. Therefore, in the people this variety is called the "bride".
- Spirea Argut - strong branches, in length reach two meters, stick out in different directions, slightly understanding. Leaves thick, medium size. During flowering, the white flowers of Japanese goldfish spirea are so thick that because of this you can not see the branches and leaves.
- Nippon - a low-growth shrub of spherical shape about a meter high. Small leaves sparsely cover the perimeter of the stem. Inflorescences are white, dense.
It should be noted that not all varieties blooming in summer smell.
- Spirea golden - a bush in the form of a ball and up to 80 centimeters high. The oval, oblong shape of leaves with teeth on the end gives the bush a special decorative effect. The color of the leaves when flowering is bright green, the rest of the time is reddish orange or yellow. Flowering begins in July, ends in the fall. Petals of pink color, collected in corymbose inflorescences.
- Belotsvetkovaya - Unlike other varieties, it smells pleasantly. Height up to 60 cm, the leaves are bright green, white flowers.
- Spirey Boumalda - hybrid variety. Shrub up to 120 cm, leaves oval, concave along the main central vein. The flowers are pink. The variety is unstable to frost, needs warming.
- Ivolist - tall variety 2 meters high. The shoots are straight, the leaves look like willow, change color from green to red. Flowers of pink tone, consist of five petals and stamens protruding from them.
The plant is unpretentious. Novice gardener easily grow Japanese spiraeus. Pay attention to the roots of seedlings. They should not be dry. How to understand that the roots of seedlings are not overdried? This will tell shoots and buds. They must be well developed, flexible. Land for planting should be chosen sunny, because the Japanese spirea is a light-loving plant. The soil must be fertile, loose, moist, have a drainage layer. Landing should be done in wet weather. Having dug a planting hole, place a plant in it, sprinkle with earth on the root collar and pour it.
The color of the leaves depends on the soil. It is purple on acidic soil and deep green in the shade. Young bushes should be protected from drought and freezing. The adult Japanese spiraea tolerates cold and drought well. It should be borne in mind that the young plant will grow, so pick up more territory. Watering Japanese spiraeus during a drought is enough a couple of times a month. After watering, weed and loosen the soil. With the help of peat, compost, chopped tree bark to carry out mulching. In a season 3-4 times they feed with mineral and organic fertilizers.
Old, broken, frostbitten shoots in winter are removed. If you want to rejuvenate the shrub, then you need to remove all the shoots. Only a stump will remain. The more the bush is trimmed, the better and stronger the plant will be.
Preparing for the winter
Protect from the cold need only a young bush. An adult plant is resistant to frost. Even slight damage to the spirer is Japanese scary. The bush is quickly restored. How to prepare the plant for winter? The soil is loosened. The branches bind, put under them dry foliage. Then bend down to the ground and fasten with metal straps in this position. Then covered with insulation.
Description of Spirea Goldflame
Spirea Goldflame from the Rosaceae family. Under natural conditions found in Japan and China. For Russians, this is still an exotic plant.
The height of Spirea Goldflame is from 60 to 90 cm. On erect shoots of red-brown color there is a pronounced wax coating. The shoots grow 10 cm in a year. The spiraea crown, with proper care and timely haircut, is luxuriant and thick. Its diameter is about 1 m.
The leaves of the spirea are oval-shaped, from 2 to 6 cm long. There are well-marked notches along the edges of the plates. The colors of the leaf plates are surprising. They are bright green at the beginning of spring, then the color changes to bronze-golden, and in the fall they turn brown-bronze.
On one bush, you can simultaneously see all the shades (this is clearly seen in the photo). The name "Japanese Goldmouth Spirea" is translated from Latin as "golden flame".
Buds are formed in early June, the flowering itself lasts until the end of August. Inflorescences are small, collected in brush-shields. They are so fragrant that they attract a lot of insects, including bees. That is why hives are often installed next to the plantings of Goldflame spirea.
In place of flowers by the beginning of September, shiny seed boxes are formed.
Spirey Goldfleyme in landscape design
Landscapers have a special attitude to the Japanese Goldfleim spirea. Decorative and unpretentious bushes allows you to use them for the design of flower beds, borders, creating hedges. After all, the branches are located densely and densely, that nothing is visible through them.
If group compositions are assumed, then such crops can be planted next to the Japanese Goldfleim spirea:
- lilies of the valley
- Curbing pilots,
Spirea looks spectacular against the background of ground cover perennials with green foliage.
You can land a Japanese Goldflyme spirea separately. Thanks to a haircut, bushes of original forms are obtained. The fragrant flowers of the shrub are widely used by florists to create bouquets of a wide variety of compositions.
Planting and caring for Japanese Goldfrey spirea
Before planting the Japanese spirea, you need to choose the right place. The plant needs sunlight, but it is better to grow bushes in the open shadow. In this case, the leaves will be bright, and flowering lush and abundant.
Spiraea Japanese Goldfleym, according to the description, will not like the place where drafts rule. It is not recommended to plant plants in areas where groundwater is high or in lowlands, since such a neighborhood can provoke a disease of the root system.
For planting select areas with fertile, loose soil, preferably acidic. The brightness of the leaves of the spirea acquires on such grounds. If the soil lacks nutrients, then before planting humus, peat, and sand is added to the pits.
Caring for Japanese Goldfrey spirea is simple, comes down to traditional activities:
- watering and loosening
- dressing and mulching,
- pruning and preparation for the winter.
Preparation of planting material and plot
To spirea Japanese Goldfleim decorated the site for several years, you need to take care of the choice of seedlings. Buy young plants, if you do not have your planting material, you need only from sellers who are relevant to the case. But the highest quality, as a rule, seedlings are in nurseries.
Plants should have developed, elastic roots, preferably with a wet clod of earth. Neither the root system, nor the shoots should not be damaged by diseases and pests.
The site for planting spirea is carefully dug, remove not only weeds, but all rhizomes. If necessary, fertilize the soil.
Saplings of Spirea Goldfleym can be immediately planted on the curb prepared in advance, or in the pits.
And now about how to plant young spirea bushes:
- Weeks 2 weeks before landing, dig pits to a depth of 40-50 cm.
- The bottom is covered with drainage: broken bricks, pebbles.
- Then the pit is filled with a nutrient soil mixture, watered abundantly, so that the soil has settled.
- In the center of the seat make a mound on which the plant is seated.
- Straighten the roots and covered with earth.
- About 4 liters of water at room temperature is poured under the plant.
- The surface is sprinkled with mulch to retain moisture. This may be humus, sawdust, fresh cut grass.
Watering and feeding
Water spirayu Goldfleym need moderately, avoiding stagnant water. Particular attention should be paid to the bushes in the summer heat, since even a small drying of the upper layer of soil adversely affects not only the development of the plant, but also the decorative effect.
It is necessary to provide access of oxygen to the root system. To do this, each irrigation combined with loosening and mulching with peat or compost.
Abundant flowering of Japanese Goldflam spirea is possible only in the presence of fertile soil. For dressing use organic or mineral fertilizers. Enough to make food 3-4 times during the growing season.
Pruning Spirea Goldfleim
The bushes of an exotic plant must be shaped with pruning. Begin this procedure 4 years after landing.
There are 3 types of spirea haircut:
After hibernation, the bushes remove frost-damaged and dry shoots. Closer to the fall cut off the inflorescences. At the same time, the crown of the plant is formed: the spiraea Japanese Goldflame responds well to a haircut, it becomes more magnificent. In addition, each gardener can turn on the fantasy and trim the crown, giving the bush the desired shape.
Despite the fact that spirea grows on the site for a long time, from time to time it is necessary to carry out a rejuvenating haircut to extend the life. Work needs to be planned for the spring, until the sap flow begins. Cut almost all the shoots to a height of not more than 1 cm. After a while, young growth will appear.
For reproduction by cuttings near the end of June, a high-quality shoot is cut from the Goldflame bushes. It is cut into pieces in such a way that each has at least one living kidney.
For rooting use peat-sand mixture in equal proportions. Moisture soil, stick cuttings lower cut. So that the development of the roots is successful, the future spiraeus is watered 3-4 times a day. In autumn, the cuttings should be covered in the same way as young plants.
If you want to have an unusual, luminous miracle in your garden, then Spirea Goldflame is exactly what you need.
Spiraea Japanese Goldflame is one of several types of spiraeus that grow in my garden and perhaps one of the most unusual. I saw her in my favorite garden center and could not resist. Spiraea Goldflame has an absolutely amazing color and now I'm talking not about flowers, but about leaves.
The most attractive spiraea Goldflame looks in the spring garden. It simply glows and stands out against the general background as an exotic yellow flashlight, with fiery flashes all over the crown. And all because of the fact that the leaves of the spirea before flowering have a bright yellow color, and the ends of the shoots are decorated with bright, orange-red young leaves. Amazingly beautiful!
Generally, this spiraea leaves change color more than once. Young leaves are coppery, then, as they grow, they become bright yellow, then, when the spirea blooms, there is a greenish tinge in the leaves, which leaves after ottsateetnaya, and leaves again until autumn, when the goldflame foliage acquires a copper-orange tone. I really like these wonderful color transformations. Unfortunately, I didn’t have photos of autumn coloring in her beauty, but you can see the photo at the beginning of the autumn transformation. And if you take a closer look at the photo, then you can see some leaves that have already adopted the autumn color, the rest is only in the process.
The spiraea Japanese Goldflame is a small, neat bush with a spherical shape and it can also be cut. My bush is still young, I cut only faded shoots and those that have not survived the winter.
An adult plant, if not cut, can reach 80 cm. In height and up to 1 meter in width. This variety of spirea can easily be used as a low hedge. I also like the combination of this spirea with coniferous trees, tails and barberry. It looks good spiraea Goldflame not only in groups, but also as a separate element of garden design.
The plant is unpretentious and winters quite well. But even if the ground part will freeze, it recovers pretty quickly.
Blossoms in usual pink baskets. Flowering is very long and abundant.
Faded blossoms dry out. To maintain a decorative look, I prefer to trim them right away. So the bush always looks neat.
I did not notice any diseases and pests on this variety. I'm not spraying anything, I gave it to chance, but in the end she was so good.
Not many plants like my poor and acidic soil, but spirea does not complain. True, in the second year, I still contributed some fertile land and mixed it with loam, which was originally on the site. I wanted to feed my beauty. But she didn’t notice any special changes in her height.
Spirea Japanese Goldflame is a beautiful unpretentious plant. She is beautiful at any time during the growing season, but she collects the most enthusiasm in the spring and early summer, standing out on the site with a bright luminous spot. Sow not regret.