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PlantFiles: Japanese Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Maybush
Spiraea x bumalda 'Gold Flame'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: x bumalda (boo-MAHL-dah) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Flame

Synonym:Spiraea japonica

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive outdoorlover On May 19, 2010, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love this plant! It grows beautifully in partial shade or full sun in northern Oklahoma.

Neutral victorgardener On Nov 10, 2008, victorgardener from Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Had these for years. Love the foliage. The bloom color looks kind of weird with the bright foliage. When I'm not lazy, I will sometimes cut the flowers. My main complaint - it re-seeds a LOT for me.

Positive Gabrielle On May 2, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought this for its beautiful foliage. I haven't had it long enough for it to make a showy bloom, and perhaps it never will, but it really doesn't need to for me.

Positive mvespa On Nov 29, 2005, mvespa from Englishtown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the constant beautiful colors of this bush. The spring colors are the best and the late fall colors of the leaves before they drop is beautiful too.

Positive PrairieGirlZ5 On Aug 15, 2005, PrairieGirlZ5 from Thornton, IL wrote:

This was growing at our previous house and I miss it. We trimmed it back hard, practically to the ground, in early spring and it comes back even prettier. There was a grouping of several spireas, with small evergreens (yews?) that set off the flowers very nicely. Tolerates drought, heat and partial shade. Excellent fall color.

Positive PurplePansies On Jul 16, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

(I garden in the Mid-Atlantic). One of the best garden shrubs. Bushes provide constant interest. Leaves start out pinkish, turn to lime green and by flowering are a leaf-green. Bright pink, umbellic flowers bloom for a good time, and will re-flower in late summer if you clip the faded flowers. In fall leaves delight again by turning an orange color. Stems are rust-colored in winter. VERY easy to grow. Will grow in neutral soil, but seems to very much enjoy acidic. Full sun to part shade. Can grow quickly, give room to spread, heavy pruning in early spring will also keep within bounds. Drought-tolerant when established, not bothered by any insects or diseases. Flowers are even pretty for cutting.

Neutral Karenn On Jul 3, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Gold Flame' is somewhat larger in habit than 'Magic Carpet', which is a hybrid (or sport) of 'Gold Flame'.

Positive dejavu On Jul 2, 2003, dejavu from Rochester, NY wrote:

These are very popular around Rochester, NY.
Beautiful show all spring-summer. In addition to flowers that start out pink and get darker, the foliage ranges from yellow to all shades of green and always looks beautiful.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Quitzdorf Am See,
Crescent City, California
San Francisco, California
Bear, Delaware
Braselton, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Oswego, Illinois
Paris, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Goshen, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Festus, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Mount Vernon, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
Exeter, New Hampshire
Englishtown, New Jersey
Ocean View, New Jersey
Canandaigua, New York
Peekskill, New York
Rochester, New York
West Babylon, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Bend, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Linden, Tennessee
Kaysville, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia
Pembroke, Virginia
Twisp, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia
Owen, Wisconsin
Rock Springs, Wyoming

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