Large shrub 5-10 feet tall, Lespedeza bicolor (Shrubby Bushclover) is a native of Korea and China. It is a dense and shrub with axillary racemes of beautiful pink, pea-like flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This deciduous bush blooms heavily from June to July and some flowers may continue through September.
Lespedeza bicolor thrives in full sun or semi-shade and requires average well-drained soil with regular to moderate watering. It tolerates more alkaline soils and some drought, although intense heat and humidity can be a challenge. It is mostly grown in USDA Zones 4-10.
In colder regions, Lespedeza bicolor can be grown in a pot. To maintain a good form in warmer climates, hard pruning is often necessary. If the plant sustains tip damage or dies to the ground in winter, it should regrow in springtime.