The Lace Shrub
Not all shrubs are beautiful. In fact, some are only good for noise barriers. The Lace Shrub, is one of those that is decent looking when gazing at it from a distance and rather attractive up close. It is a shrub that can be valuable in your landscaping plan.
Easy to Grow and Beautiful to Boot
When you are looking to add dimension to your landscape, there are many shrubs that can help you do just that. When you are looking to also add support to loose soil, the Lace Shrub is one that you should really take a closer look at.
This deciduous shrub is easily recognizable with its bright green leaves that are similar to that of a maple tree in shape. These leaves give your summer lawn added richness which in the fall gives you added color. The Lace Shrub’s leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall. Many owners of the shrub purchased it for its fall colors. The leaves can grow as long as three inches with one inch being the typical size.
The Lace Shrub is a fast growing piece of your landscape. You need to keep this in mind as you look for the right location for the plant. It can grow as small as one foot high and as high as three feet. Some varieties can also reach seven feet. Typically, the shrub spreads from three to six feet. As you can see from these numbers, you need to be well aware of which variety you are buying and where you are placing the shrub on your lawn.
In deciding where to place your Lace Shrub, you need to also take into account the soil that it will rest in. Not just any soil will do. Anytime that you are looking to plant greenery be aware of the type of soil it is going into as the wrong soil can kill your plants. The Lace Shrub needs soil that is moist and well-drained. Soil that is acidic with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 is very important.
As you can see from the picture above, the Lace Shrub has small delicate flowers on it. These while and yellow flowers bloom in early spring to give a little color to the greening landscape. Mix these shrubs with other flowers that come up spring to have an even more attractive location. To keep these flowers blooming, look to pruning in late fall or early spring. Pruning is very important to help your plants continue to thrive and produce beautiful foliage and flowers.
This might be a fast growing shrub, but it also gives you many years of enjoyment. The Lace Shrub has been known to live anywhere from five to twenty years. Imagine how beautiful your lawn will look with a Lace Shrub that you have cared for over the years. Its long life is rarely affected by the bitter cold. It has been known to survive temperatures around forty below zero. The important thing is to give the shrub direct sunlight with plenty of heat during the summer.
Saving the Environment
One feature of the Lace Shrub that might help you decide on incorporating it into your landscape is how well their roots help with erosion. These roots spread out and help hold the soil into place. If you have a small hillside or slope on your property that nature is trying to strip away, add some Lace Shrubs to hold the ground into place and preserve your landscape.
The Lace Shrub multiples and establishes more roots quickly and almost without your help. Anywhere the stems of the shrub touch the ground, roots will emerge and take hold of the ground. Just a few shrubs will eventually cover an entire hillside. This is why they make such wonderful erosion plants. When you want the Lace Shrub to stop multiplying, increase the amount of pruning to prevent any stems from dipping toward the earth to establish roots.
Take a Closer Look
Take a look at the Lace Shrub and see what benefits you can receive in your landscape. You get subtle colors in the spring and summer with vibrant colors emerging in the fall. Easy care and propagation are attractive features. The ability to help soil erosion is a big plus. The Lace Shrub is one plant that gets overlooked in what all it can give a gardener.
- Stephanandra incisa Crispa (Cutleaf stephanandra, Lace shrub) - Fine Gardening Plant Guide
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- Crispa Lace Shrub
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