Bush Clover (Lespedeza bicolor)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Flower Time: Summer
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 8, 2019 7:22 PM

I've never seen this species from Northern China, Korea, and Japan. It is listed in Dr Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants and the comment was that it had no great beauty being rather open and mediocre in flower. Its smaller cultivars are better.

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Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130
Nursery Clean Up! Lots of Perennial and Shrubs to chose from. by finerliners Jul 20, 2011 8:27 AM 1

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