Spiraea japonica 'Golden Elf'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 1 Professionals
Common Name: Japanese spirea
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Deer, Erosion, Clay Soil, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Flowers on new wood, so plants may be pruned to shape in late winter to early spring, though 'Golden Elf' generally requires little pruning. Plants may be lightly sheared after flowering to shape and to encourage additional bloom.

Noteworthy Characteristics

'Golden Elf' is a dwarf, golden-leaved, spirea cultivar that typically grows in a shrubby, spreading mound to only 6-9" tall and to 24" wide. It is a deciduous shrub that features small, oval, golden leaves which generally hold respectable gold color into the fall. Tiny pink flowers in small flat-topped clusters (corymbs) appear in late spring with some sporadic rebloom sometimes occurring in summer.


No known serious insect or disease problems. Spireas are generally susceptible to many of the diseases and insects that attack other rose family members, including leaf spot, fire blight, powdery mildew, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale.

Garden Uses

Small accent for rock gardens or border fronts. Mass as low ground cover. Edging plant for paths or walkways. Incorporate into foundation plantings.