Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame') in the Spiraeas Database

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Gold Flame

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Pollinators: Various insects

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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2011-07-13
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2009-07-137:54 pm. Fuzzy blossoms and dark green leaves now.
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Location: Salt Lake City UtahDate: 2018-06-09
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2014-04-20Early spring
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2009-05-131:46 pm. The leaves begin with a golden glow, with red at the tip
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2011-11-19
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2016-06-05
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2007-05-162:02 pm. Buds are visible, as are last years seed heads, and foli
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Location: Salt Lake City UtahDate: 2018-06-09
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)Date: 2018-08-08
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Location: Whitesboro, NY (Utica area)
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2018 1:05 PM

'Goldflame' has been a very popular small shrub since the 1980's in much of the US because of its colourful foliage. Since then it has been very popular for people to have "colour" in their yards by using woody plants with yellow or red foliage. I'd rather do that with flowers instead. However, the use of red or yellow foliaged woody plants as an accent, not as a mainstay, is recommended by professional landscape architects and designers. The buds and young leaves of 'Goldflame' begin as red in early spring and then most of the leaf colour is orangish-yellow with red areas the rest of the cool springtime. When the weather becomes warm, the foliage becomes a bright greenish-yellow, and during the heat of summer the foliage colour becomes a poor yellowish-green. Then in autumn it returns to a good fall colour of yellow-orange with red areas. It does bloom alright with the pink flower clusters in June-early July, though they are smaller than those of various green foliaged cultivars and it does not look as good contrasted with yellow-green colour. This cultivar is normally listed in nursery catalogs under Spiraea x bumalda rather than S. japonica. If not pruned this cultivar like the mother species is usually about 4 to 5 feet high and a little wider, but I have seen it eventually get to 6 feet high x 9 feet wide.

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