At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fabaceae
Latin Name: Lespedeza bicolor
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Green
Bloom: Rose purple
Bloom Time: August to September
Shape: Open to rounded
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 8
Size: 10 to 5 feet
Spread: 10 to 5 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Widespread throughout eastern North America, the Bicolor Lespedeza was originally introduced to the United States in 1856 as an ornamental shrub. It gained popularity thanks to its usefulness regarding erosion control, wildlife refuge and conservation, and mine reclamation. This species has long become a naturalized plant, now commonly found in woodlands, savannas, thickets, fields, pine forests, and along creek banks throughout the entire southeast—so much so that it is sometimes considered an aggressive and invasive specimen. Low-maintenance, easily cultivated, and tolerant of many conditions and soils, the Bicolor Lespedeza is celebrated as a reliably attractive and hardy ornamental shrub.

With an analogous binomial name (Lespedeza Bicolor), the Bicolor Lespedeza belongs to the Fabaceae family, and has a 4-8 hardiness zone rating. It is best cultivated in medium, well-drained soils and appreciates full sun to partial shade. The Bicolor Lespedeza generally has a height and width ranging from 5-10 ft., and an open to rounded sort of structure. Deciduous and durable, it has a very rapid growth rate and can form dense stands beneath forest canopies.

The Bicolor Lespedeza’s leaves are alternate, featuring three elliptical, dark green leaflets set upon gray-green stems. In August and September, this plant releases its beautiful and indeed bicolored blossoms: small, delicate, clover-like, and saturated shades of vivid rose-pink and purple. This specimen may be simultaneously adorned with a spattering of small dark pods, each of them containing a sole black seed. In autumn, the Bicolor Lespedeza’s foliage lightens to muted yellow hues before it is shed from the tree.

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