Beautiful bright green idea what it is

BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)May 14, 2014

[By way of a disclaimer: we unknowingly bought our house from a landscape architect when the entire 2.5 acres was under 4 feet of snow. We are now approaching our third summer here and are still discovering new plants. It's like a treasure hunt.]

I happened to walk by this today and I have no memory of ever noticing it before. That feels absurd because it has such a gorgeous spring green color that I can't believe I never saw it before.

Anybody have any ideas what it might be?

Thank you!

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BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)

Close up.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:29PM
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pam_whitbyon(6 Niagara)

Could it be some sort of spirea?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:35PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Spiraea japonica. Maybe 'Goldflame' or similar yellow leaved cultivar.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 4:06AM
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I agree since I can see last season's dead flower heads. It will have pink or white flowers in a few weeks, but the real show is the all season bright chartreuse foliage.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 7:20AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

some peeps cut them to near the ground every year ...

they are nearly indestructible ...

i once chopped a 4 footer down to 6 inches.. and dug a 1.5 foot ball ... and dragged it across the acres ... IN AUGUST... and barely watered it ... and it survived ... i did that because of a deck project.. and i didnt care if it survived ... total benign [???] abuse ...

yours is looking a little thin towards the back.. and it might be sun starved from that direction... so you could either move it.. or cut it back... for better shape.. or it might start flopping on you ...

it is a full sun plant ...


    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 8:01AM
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Nancy zone 6

If you really like it & want more, just cut off a piece of it & stick it in moist ground. I don't think I've ever had any not take root & I've done it for several friends.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 10:17AM
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BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)

Yes! Spirea! Definitely.

I think it might be sun-starved, Ken. I need to trim up some trees in that bed. I'll give that a shot before I think about moving it.

Such an interesting plant it seems. Hardy, impossible to kill, easy to propagate, beautiful foliage.

Thank you, everyone!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 12:08PM
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Ken, I definitely agree with how tough spirea can be. I actually dug some up this year and the root system is very, very robust, which helps explain their toughness.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 2:19PM
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babera(5a (Montana))

My spirea is 4 years old and let me just say, it's not my favorite. . . sparce leaves, no new height, unsightly to say the least. It faces west, has good soil, ample water. . . it's 'bout outta here. . .

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:18PM
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terrene(5b MA)

I love Spirea japonica and so do the bumblebees.

Lucky you buying a 2 1/2 acre property from a landscape architect!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 8:11PM
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