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.
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.