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Spirea Magic Carpet

Spiraea japonica

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Spirea Magic Carpet, light green and yellow leaves with hues of russet red

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Do you want to add some magic to your landscape? You should check out the Magic Carpet spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’). This rounded and colorful shrub can fit anywhere in your outdoor spaces. The Magic Carpet spirea is a low-maintenance plant that provides an added boost of color. This is one shrub that you will want to use for those bare and drab spaces.

Plant Attributes

With this fantastic shrub, it requires very little work to make it shine in your landscape. This is the perfect shrub for experienced gardeners and newbies. In the spring, you will notice the soft burgundy color of the new growth. As the weather warms up, the foliage turns into shades of yellow-green. June is the time when the Magic Carpet blooms with a display of pink flowers. These flowers attract bees and butterflies with their sweet nectar. During the fall, you will notice the russet tones of the Magic Carpet spirea. This color usually remains until the cold weather arrives. If you want to have the brightest autumn colors, you need to plant in a sunny spot.

Landscape Use

The Magic Carpet can fit into any space and landscape design. This shrub reaches a mature height and width of 2 feet. If you want to unify your landscape design, use these shrubs as anchors. These spireas excel in mass plantings and help to maximize the impact of specific design elements. For a more dramatic look, plant them in a zig-zag pattern and mulch to keep away weeds.

These durable spireas make an excellent solid hedge. They need to be planted about 12 to 18 feet from the center of each shrub. If you want to plant a single shrub, you need to keep the spacing 2 to 3 feet apart from each other. Several of these shrubs will look great along a sunny sidewalk or path. You might want to use them with a berm planting in front of a house. For those rock gardens, the Magic Carpet spirea can lighten up that space. Mixed borders benefit from the Magic Carpet spirea when it is used as a facer shrub.

If you have a container garden, the Magic Carpet spirea dresses up patios from the spring to the fall. You can use them with annuals or other grasses for a spectacular single display near a walkway or porch. Magic Carpet spireas can be used for erosion control to secure those loose hillsides. These spireas are the perfect option for urban environments and commercial settings. The Magic Carpet spirea is also an excellent choice for a butterfly garden. With its changing colors, you will enjoy the different hues throughout all the seasons.

Planting & Care

The Magic Carpet spirea thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. This shrub loves to be in the sun. You want to plant in a spot that receives the most sunshine throughout the day. While the Magic Carpet spirea is a versatile plant, it does need to be planted in well-draining soil. Mulch can be beneficial for this shrub, and you should add about 2 feet around the roots. With this layer of mulch, the roots can stay cool as it reduces surface evaporation.

Before the new growth emerges, you can rejuvenate the plant with a light trim. After the first big flush of the season, shear the plant by a third with clippers. If you do this for your plant, you will notice a crisper and cleaner look. Pruning will encourage the Magic Carpet spirea to bloom in the summer. In some cases, you might see blooms until November.

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If you are looking for the perfect shrub that bursts with color, then the Magic Carpet spirea is an excellent selection for your next landscaping project. This low-growing shrub pops with brilliant red leaves in the springtime. As the summer progresses, the leaves turn into a golden yellow. It brightens up your autumn yard with hues of russet red. The Magic Carpet spirea is the perfect choice for your yard.

At Arbor Valley Nursery, we carry a large selection of shrubs, including the colorful Magic Carpet spirea. Our team can provide you with expert advice to get the best plants for your landscaping design. We will find the right tree, shrub, or plant for your business or clients. For more information about our inventory, please fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: spy-REE-ah juh-PON-ih-kuh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Moderate growing compact mound; reaches 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
  • Special features: Attracts Butterflies, Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Yellow
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage
  • Design Ideas: This is an exceptional low growing shrub to brighten and fill in skimpy beds and borders. Guaranteed to add zest to any foundation planting scheme. Use to flesh out contrast at the lawn’s edge. Neaten up in front of old shrubs with bare legs.
  • Companion Plants: Salvia (Salvia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Weigela (Weigela); Barberry (Berberis); Coneflower (Echinacea)

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