Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Gold Fountain'
Golden Vanhoutte Spirea
 
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Family: Rose family (Rosaceae)
Native Habitat: Japan

 

The Vanhoutte Spirea is a wonderful old variety that was bred in France nearly 150 years ago. It's a large shrub with a gorgeous fountain-like form and weeping branches that often brush the ground. Another common name is "Bridal Wreath" and when one sees the plant if full bloom it's easy to see how it got that moniker. The weeping branches are absolutely covered in white in mid-spring. In America, it has easily been the most popular of all the Spiraeas for a very long time.

'Gold Fountain' is a new take on the old Vanhoutte. It's form and flowers are similar to the green-leaved Vanhoutte but not the leaves. It's bright-golden foliage is effective spring through fall. It is a little slower growing. We're unsure of it's ultimate size- we haven't yet seen an older plant. We suspect a 5 to 6 ft. ultimate height.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Bright-golden foliage spring through fall. One to two inch wide umbels of white flowers in mid-spring.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Slow to medium growth rate. Unsure of ultimate height, but probably at least 6 ft. tall. Vase shaped form, weeping branches.
Landscape Uses: Foundation plantings, shrub border, mixed border, specimen plant. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 3 to 8.
Culture:
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun to light shade. Brightest leaf color in full sun. If pruning is required, best time is after flowering in spring.