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Lespedeza thunbergii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark Blue and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Thunberg lespedeza

Family

Papilionaceae


Lespedeza can be perennials, deciduous subshrubs or annuals, with neat leaves composed of 3 leaflets, and axillary or terminal racemes of small, pea-shaped flowers

L. thunbergii is a medium-sized deciduous sub-shrub with long, annual, arching shoots bearing trifoliate leaves and 15mm in length rose-purple flowers in racemes to 15cm in length in early autumn

Other common names

  • Thunberg bush clover

Synonym(s)

  • Desmodium penduliflorum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in light, well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free