Spiraea japonica 'Golden Thumbelina'
Golden Thumbelina foliage
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Height: 10 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Spiraea x bumalda
Eye catching delicious pink flowers topping golden foliage, this choice dwarf spirea is fabulous in beds and borders, raised beds, rock gardens and foundation plantings
Golden Thumbelina is clothed in stunning clusters of pink flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive gold deciduous foliage. The tiny serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color.
Golden Thumbelina is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Golden Thumbelina is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Golden Thumbelina will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Golden Thumbelina makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.