- Family (English) Pea
- Family (botanic) Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae)
- Tree or plant type Perennial, Shrub
- Native locale Non-native
- Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches), Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Dry soil
- Tolerances Dry sites
- Season of interest late summer, midsummer
- Flower color and fragrance Pink, Purple
- Shape or form Columnar, Open, Upright
- Growth rate Fast
Size & form:
An upright, branched shrub reaching 3 to 10 feet high. Dies to ground in cold, northern climates, so it is considered a herbaceous perennial in these areas..
Native geographic location and habitat:
Native to China, Korea, and Japan.
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife:
Birds are attracted to the seeds
Bark color and texture:
Thin stems are whitish-tan.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:
Alternate ;eaf arrangement with 2 inches long, trifolate (3-leaves), elliptical-shaped leaflets. Leaves are dark green changing to yellow-green in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size:
Erect, pea-shaped, rose-purple flowers up to 5 inches long on tips and leaf axils of current seasons growth. Flowers mid-summer in July and August.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:
Small, ovate single-seeded pods are ⅓ inch long.
Best in full sun in well-drained, dry soils. Prune in winter or early spring to encourage new growth. Stems die back to ground in cold winters. Do not fertilize.
List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:
Wet, clay soil can cause root rot. Tolerant of aerial salt spray.
Summer Beauty Shrub Bush-clover (Lespedeza bicolor ‘Summer Beauty’):
A 3 to 5 feet high, upright shrub with violet-pink flowers
Yakushima Shrub Bush-clover (Lespedeza bicolor ‘Yakushima’):
A low-growing, 12 to 18 inches high, mounded shrub with small blue-green leaves and violet-purple flowers. Considered non-invasive dwarf form
Edo Shibori Thunberg’s Bush-Clover (Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Edo Shibori’):
A late summer flowering shrub with bi-color, rosy-pink and white flowers on a 4 to 6 feet high plant.