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Shrub Bushclover - 'Lespedeza bicolor'

Shrub Bushclover is a perennial flowering shrub originally native to Japan. Naturally reaching heights of 10 feet in the wild, it forms pink to purple colored flowers in late June to early July. These blooms may continue for 4 to 6 weeks and are not overly showy in display. Shrub Bushcolver is considered an invasive plant in the Eastern United States and has been known to displace naturally occurring species. It prefers full sun and drier soils and is rarely found along bodies of water.
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Common Name: Shrub Bushclover
Popular Varieties: Summer Beauty, Yakushima
Type: Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Family: Fabaceae
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Dark green leaves that are usually with no appreciable fall color that turn yellow. Leaves alternate, trifoliate, each leaflet 3/4 to 2 inches long and two thirds to as much in width. Leaves are broadly oval or obovate, midrib terminating in a small bristle, middle leaflet larger and longer etiolated than others.
Size: 6 to 9 feet high and wide.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 7 or 8. It may die back in cold climates and is best treated as a herbaceous perennial. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Habit: Upright, open, loosely branched shrub that can become wonderfully unkempt and disorderly if not properly pruned.
Rate: Medium to fast.
Flowers: Perfect, rosy-purple, 1/2 inch long, produced in 2 to 5 inch long racemes on current season's growth and are borne from the leaf axilis of the uppermost 2 feet of the shoot from July to August. Flowers are not really overwhelming.
Diseases & Insects: None serious.
Landscape Value: Best utilized in the border; could serve as a herbaceous perennial in the north. Plant is considered an invasive species and should be monitored and, if at all possible, kept from spreading.
Soil Preference: Soil should be well drained. Excessive fertility should be avoided; pH is adaptable.
Care: Water regularly after initial planting and prune in winter or before new growth ensues in spring.
Fertilization: Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the shrub 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established shrub.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.

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This product can only be shipped during the Winter and Spring shipping season

We do have balled and burlap trees available in wholesale quantities. Please call with the size and quantity that you are interested in, and we will provide you with a quote. Wholesale orders are shipped dependent upon the customer's needs.

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