Plant pick: Ogon, a variety of golden Thunberg’s spirea

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2010 3:55pm
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WHAT: This deciduous shrub, the Ogon variety of golden Thunberg’s spirea, is early flowering, with a wispy growth habit.

WHY PLANT IT: In late March and early April, before its leaves have unfurled, its slender branches are covered with dazzling white flower clusters.

Its feathery leaves emerge in gold — Ogon means gold in Japanese — and gradually change to bright green, creating a pleasing contrast.

In autumn, its leaves turn bright orange and remain on the plant almost until Christmas.

WHERE: Ogon prefers full sun, but will adapt to part sun. It prefers moist, well-drained soil.

HOW: Underplant it with snowdrops and other spring-flowering bulbs. It can be pruned after it finishes blooming in spring.

ACTUAL SIZE: It grows to about 5 feet tall and wide.

LEARN MORE: See www.greatplantpicks.org.

Source: Great Plant Picks

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