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Plants of the UNF Campus

Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibralter’ - Gibralter bush lespedeza
Family Fabaceae


About forty species of Lespedeza are native to Australia, Asia and North America. They may be herbs or small shrubs. A close look at the flowers shows clearly that they are a member of the bean family. The bush lespedeza is native to China and Japan where it is used as a cover crop and for firewood. This cultivar is an ornamental deciduous shrub with a heavy crop of pink-purple flowers in summer on arching branches. It grows to about six feet tall. 



Shrub to about six feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: drought tolerant

Soil: ordinary, well-drained soil, no other special requirements

Bush lespedeza is a new plant for campus. Reportedly, it thrives in a sunny, well-drained site.