taken by Russell Stafford at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima'

Shrub Bush Clover

Plant Type:


Lespedeza bicolor ‘Yakushima’ – ​Hefty. A dwarf growing Shrub Bush Clover. Rosy purple pea florets on innumerable racemes stud the foliage for weeks on end in summer. The soft looking alternate trifoliate leaves are clean green all season and sometimes turn yellow to gold in autumn, sometimes not. In the north ‘Yakushima’ usually dies to the crown; but not to worry, it recovers with vigor when temperatures warm. And as ‘Yakushima’ blooms on new wood it will provide an amazing summer show annually. Farther south it will behave as a subshrub and sprout from old wood. Cutting grown.


12 in


30 in


Rose Purple


(4 sheltered)5 to 8
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Item Description Price  
LESYAKU Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Foundation
  • Border
  • Hedgerow
  • Rock Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Labyrinth
  • Edging
  • Accent
  • Shrub Border
  • Ground Cover
  • Hedge
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Lespedeza

Common Name: Shrub Bush Clover

We have great affection for the Bush Clovers. A soft looking shrub cloaked in clean blue green trifoliate leaves on stems that gracefully arch; vase-shaped earlier in the season the tendency for the semi-woody stems is to gently weep as the season progresses. They bloom on new wood during late season with amazing displays of pea flowers. We treat Bush Clover as an herbaceous perennial in the north, cutting it down to 2” stubs at the end of winter before new growth emerges. They are fantastic with Miscanthus, perennial sunflowers, Joe-pye weeds, butterfly bushes, ironweeds, asters and just plain beguiling with late blooming daylilies – oh, heck: they look great with anything and everything that blooms in the late season garden. Site them in full to nearly full sun planted in fertile draining soil where they will gradually increase their girth with each new annual flush of growth. All of the following offerings are cutting grown.