Magic Carpet Spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Walbuma’)

Magic Carpet Spirea

  • Colorful, Carefree Shrub
  • Burgundy New Spring Growth
  • Bright Pink Flowers in Early Summer
  • Reblooming
  • Rounded Shape
  • Rich Russet Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Small-Footprint & Planter Sized

Get a huge boost of charm with this well-behaved, useful shrub. Magic Carpet Spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Walbuma’), is a colorful, rounded shrub that fits almost anywhere in the landscape. If you want a color show all season long, try this easy care rounded plant.

You’ll love how easy it is to grow this little shrub. This pretty shrub is actually one tough little plant. Perfect for experienced gardeners and total newbies alike. And the color is absolutely remarkable!

In spring, new growth is soft burgundy and the foliage quickly brightens to vibrant lime green and is decorated with an amazing June flower display of pink flower clusters. Get ready to watch the butterflies dance over this welcome nectar source!

Once that first big flush is done, shear the whole plant back by 1/3 with hedge clippers. Tidy homeowners will love this crisp, clean look.

This minimal pruning task takes just a few minutes and will encourage a large rebloom later in the summer. Magic Carpet Spirea is a beauty, and with some judicious deadheading and the right climate, the flowers will rebloom until November.

Now, on the other hand – if you are swamped this summer, you can choose to do absolutely nothing at all to this plant. It will still look great, grow into a nice, naturally rounded, shape and give you a second small flush of blooms later in the summer.

In fall, the foliage turns rich, russet tones that remain colorful well into the winter months. Magic Carpet Spirea is an outstanding landscape plant, perfect for foundation plantings, and included in patio plantings.

Full sun brings out the brightest colors, so give it a sunny spot. Once it’s established in your yard, it becomes drought tolerant.

How to Use Magic Carpet Spirea in the Landscape

You’ll find a million places to tuck in one or two of these beautiful small shrubs. Add a few to each planting bed to help unify your landscape design, without all the fuss and maintenance!

You could also go big and use a mass planting to maximize the impact! To create a solid hedge, plant 12″ – 18″ apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Increase the spacing to 2 – 3 feet apart for individual plants. For a larger planting, use a zig-zag planting pattern. Mulch between the plants and keep new mass plantings weeded.

Use several shrubs along the edge of a sunny path, sidewalk or in a berm planting in the front yard. Brighten up rugged rock gardens, or other tough and dry planting sites. Add as facer shrubs for mixed shrub borders.

Magic Carpet Spirea does well in lush container gardens that work on your patio from spring to fall. Dress them up with other grasses and annuals or use several shrubs together in a single display. Small enough to include in established landscapes and small urban yards alike!

These shrubs are butterfly magnets. The changing color of this Spirea variety adds to its appeal. Your garden will benefit in each phase of the growing season.

The plant is quite often used for erosion control where it is mass planted to secure hillsides. Popular for city plantings, Magic Carpet is very tolerant of commercial settings and urban environments.

Tips for Care

Give this sun lover as much sun as you can in your landscape. It prefers well-drained soil but is versatile. Add a layer of mulch to 2 feet outside of the plant. This will keep the roots cool and cut down on surface evaporation.

Each year, you’ll rejuvenate the plant if you give it a light trim. Do it in early spring before the new growth emerges or wait until the first flush of flowers have faded. Remove a third of the growth, and you’ll be rewarded with a second bloom.

There are no serious insect or disease problems. Magic Carpet tolerates a wide range of soils and is easy to grow.

Magic Carpet Spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Walbuma’) Details

Common name Magic Carpet Spirea
Botanical name Spirea japonica 'Walbuma'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 1 - 2 ft.
Width 2 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink