Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.

Bicolored Lespedeza, Shrub Lespedeza, Bush Clover

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Lespedeza

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 5 to 10' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves are a rich green, alternate and trifoliate (3 leaflets per leaf). Pink-purple pea-like flowers at the tips and in the leaf axils in summer. Herbaceous perennial in cold climates, otherwise deciduous shrub. Loose, open, upright form. Requires well-drained soil. Blooms on new growth so should be pruned in late winter to early spring. Keep it manageable by cutting to the ground in late winter and letting it grow to 5' in one season.


'Little Buddy' - more compact to 3' tall


Introduced to the US as an ornamental in 1856. Now naturalized in much of the south and considered and invasive plant in those areas.

Published in Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 1840: 69.


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