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Firelight Spiraea (5 of 17)

Spiraea japonica 'Bumalda' or 'Firelight'

  • Deciduous shrub noted for its deep orange foliage and pink flowers in early summer

  • Plant in full sun to partial shade; color and blooming are better in sun

  • Plant in rich, but well-drained soil

  • Water regularly until established; fertilize in spring; prune ½ to 1/3 when dormant

  • Height: 2-3 feet

  • Width: 3-4 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.

  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.

  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; gold foliage may fade and defoliate early in hot, dry weather.

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