Spiraea japonica ‘Walbuma’ MAGIC CARPET®

Japanese spirea

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

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Outstanding Qualities

This small, deciduous shrub bursts-out in color in early spring revealing twigs covered in brilliant orange-yellow new growth. The foliage color softens to orange blushed chartreuse as it matures. In early summer lacey pancake-like clusters of glowing pink flowers grace the tips of its branches. MAGIC CARPET Japanese spirea maintains a more compact habit than many other selections and the golden-colored foliage is not prone to reverting to the typical green form.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, purple

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This small spirea prefers full sun to light or open shade. Plant it in rich moist to well-drained soil, although it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Provide regular water to this small shrub to keep it looking its best through the summer. A few older stems can be pruned to the ground in the winter every year. Alternatively, cut the entire shrub back to six to eight inches tall every three or four years and allow it to regrow.