Stephanandra tanakae –


Stephanandra –

There are about 4 suckering, deciduous shrubs, allied to Spiraea and are also in the rose family, in this genus. They are found naturally occurring in thickets and at woodland margins in Eastern Asia. They produce attractive leaves, which are alternate, narrowly ovate to ovate, lobed, and sharply toothed, which turn orange and gold in autumn.   The tiny, star shaped, greenish white or yellow-green flowers with many stamens are borne in terminal corymbs like panicles during summer. Suitable for a shrub border. Stem root wherever they touch the ground, spreading it well beyond its anticipated borders. Tolerates low temperatures.

Grow in moist but well drained, fertile, loamy soil in full sun or partial shade.

S. tanakae – This thicket forming shrub from Japan grows 10′ feet tall and wide. From arching orange-brown shoots it carries egg to triangular 3 to 5 lobed, sharply toothed, mid green leaves, 2-5″ long, turning orange and yellow in autumn. In early and mid summer, bears insignificant, tiny yellow-green flowers in panicles to 4″ long.

Zones 6-8