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Gold Mound Spirea

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’

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The Gold Mound spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’) brings some color to your foundation plantings and shrub borders. The gorgeous light chartreuse foliage on this spirea lasts all season long. For some added beauty, the beautiful pink flowers appear during the summer months. The Gold Mound spirea is definitely a shrub that you want for your outdoor spaces.

Plant Attributes

The Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ is an excellent choice to incorporate some golden charm into your landscape. The bright golden foliage shines throughout the growing season. The leaves are oval, and they can grow up to 3 inches long. The edges are slightly cut into “teeth,” but they are not sharp. In the spring, you will notice a burst of golden leaves. What a fantastic way to kick off the return of beautiful weather!

As summer progresses, the leaves transform into a chartreuse-green hue. That foliage makes the perfect contrast against the duller greens of your shrubs and plants. Fall is another great time to admire this beauty. The fall foliage has a hint of red and orange, and it is an ideal way to make a bold statement during the autumn season. The Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ does produce small pinkish flowers, but the brilliant yellow foliage tends to overshadow them.

Landscape Use

If you want to add some stunning color to your landscape, you cannot go wrong with the Gold Mound spirea. The beautiful golden color can complement all types of landscaping plants and shrubs. Place this shrub next to those duller green plants to provide a boost. With its distinctive foliage, this spirea is sure to turn some heads. For that reason, you want to place them in any space that needs some attention. As a specimen planting, this spirea shines throughout the growing season.

The Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ is used to brighten up a landscape. It is also small enough to grow into planter containers and boxes. You can plant this beautiful spirea in almost any spot where you need gorgeous yellow coloring. For those larger areas, the spirea shines in a cluster of three, five, or seven plants.

While you may want to plant this spirea in every corner of the yard, it is best when used sparingly throughout your landscape. You want a pop of color and not overwhelm the space. These spireas are so beautiful that they may take away from other elements in your yard.

Planting & Care

You want to plant the Gold Mound spirea in areas with full sunshine. However, it can tolerate those shady spaces, but the best color will come in those sunnier locations. The Gold Mound thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8. The shrub does its best in well-draining soil. It can tolerate clay soils better than other types of shrubs. You can amend the soil with some compost, and mulch is a great idea to protect it during the winter.

You should thoroughly water the Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ on a weekly basis. Make sure the roots are saturated but don’t overwater the plant. This spirea does not like those overly humid or wet conditions. You might want to deadhead the Gold Mound after it is done blooming for the season. Shearing can also help the plant stay compact and generate new leaves for the next season.

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The vibrant golden foliage lasts throughout the spring, and clusters of pink flowers also blossom during this season. The Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ cools down to a yellowish-green hue by the summer before transforming into a yellow-orange tone for the fall. This shrub is an excellent addition to a perennial border. You might want to brighten up your patio spaces with a few Gold Mounds in containers. No matter where you place this shrub, it is guaranteed to shine.

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Arbor Valley Nursery is the best place to get your own Gold Mound spirea. Our shrub nursery has a wide selection of items, including trees, flowers, and plants. If you want to purchase the stunning spirea, make sure to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub​
  • Watering Needs: Moderate, water regularly in extreme heat
  • Botanical Pronunciation: spy-REE-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 2 to 3 feet in height and 4 feet in width
  • Special features: Spectacular golden color
  • Foliage color: Chartreuse
  • Blooms: Late spring
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Blooms in clusters
  • Garden style: Cottage garden
  • Design Ideas: Makes an ideal choice for an accent shrub. Use it as a border planting in your landscape. Small enough to fit into a container garden on a patio or terrace.
  • Companion Plants: Barberries, abelias, junipers, hollies, and other spireas

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