Lespedeza thunbergii – Pink Bush Clover (eastern Asia)
Habit: Expanded to draping, overhanging small or normal shrub, often only a semi-shrub, 1 m tall, in favourable areas shoots hanging up to 3 m, medium to fast-growing.
Flowers: Strong crimson; September to October; pretty, luxurious autumn flowers; no fruits or rarely in our region.
Leaves: In threes, like clover, green or bluish green, pale yellow in autumn.
Roots: Shallow, collect nitrogen.
Demands: Only full sun, resistant to heat, needs warmth, sensitive to frost, often freezing back to the ground; good for urban areas, sensitive to wind.
Soil: Dry to fresh, not too nutritious substrates, sandy to sandy-loamy; acidic to neutral; suffers from high chalk content, leaves then a sickly yellow.
Note: Cut frequent frost damage back yearly to the ground as the shrub has flowers on year-old wood.
Hardiness: Zone 7a