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Spiraea japonica Firelight


Compact variety with golden foliage and pink flowers

Firelight is a bushy deciduous shrub, its leaves emerging from soft red buds to form dull red to bronze foliage, turning green in the summer and then reddish-purple for autumn. Growing to just over 3ft tall, with clusters of rosy pink flowers in the summer.


They like a sunny location, but they can do well enough in partial shade.


It likes any moist soil, that is well drained. Trim back hard in the Autumn after flowering to restore its shape.

This plant can be propagated from cuttings in the summer or by lifting and dividing in autumn or early spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September