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SOLD OUT for 2019 -Aprox 1000@ Common Bicolor Shrub Lespedeza Bare Root Plants /Box of 750-1000

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Lespedeza PLANTS - Bicolor Common 101 Shrub Variety

Sold in Bundles of approximately 1000 total plants (750 to 1000 per order -depending on plant size) These are Bare Root plants - Need to be planted in a few days.
Plants ship direct from Alabama via United Parcel Service (UPS - Usually in 2 boxes).
Plants usually ship on Monday's & Tuesday's only for order placed previous week.

Bare root plants - Ships from January into early March (depending on weather and plant availability / inventory).  Size about 12-18 inches long (about 6" is root part). Plant in rows 3 feet apart. Eventually plants will grow to be 4 to 6 feet tall shrubs. Space plants every 18-24 inches. Works out to about a 3x3 foot pattern. Or plant in rows near woods / fence rows.  Plant original rooting depth (look at contract on plant to determine original depth.

Deer browse the foliage and Quail love to eat the seeds of these varieties.  Provides a good source of late winter feed for Quail.  Plants should be watered when received and frequently until planting. Plant as soon as possible - plants will generally last okay with proper watering and care for 7-14 days.  Plant ASAP as these are live plants... for best planting success.  Bicolor seeds are also available.

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GENERAL INFO ABOUT Bicolor Shrub Lespedeza

Bicolor lespedeza (Including varieties Common and VA-70 thunbergii) are used for wildlife food plot and cover in hedges and border plantings. The seeds from these plants are a desirable fall and winter food for pheasants, bobwhite quail, and other birds. Rabbit and deer will often browse the foliage. Honeybees like the flowers and produce a quality honey from them. Like other types of Bicolor, the masses of late summer blooms are an attractive landscaping feature.

Bicolor Lespedeza Characteristics

Both Common Bicolor and the variety VA-70 (Thunbergii) are shrub type lespedeza plants. Shrub lespedeza is an excellent shrub that grows around 6 to 8 feet in height. A slow starter the first year, the shrub starts producing seed in the second year. It provides excellent cover during the summer and winter months and is ideal for stream or ditch banks, the edges of woods, or small comers of hard-to-farm areas. It can also be used as a low hedgerow with other plantings on either side. Lespedeza has shown no indication of invasive spreading into agriculture fields. It can be used alongside or in combination with other plants.

A particularly productive combination for wildlife improvement is to use switchgrass and lespedeza as complementary plantings. The lespedeza provides excellent food and some cover, while the switchgrass remains standing most of the winter, providing quality cover. However, switchgrass should not be permitted to invade the bicolor stand (plant seperate stands). Bicolor lespedeza stands should remain relatively open at ground level.  An improved shrub type called VA-70 was selected and developed by the USDA for it's better cold hardiness and for it's wildlife value. Occasionally we also have this variety available for sale in Jan / Feb - Contact us for availability.

Planting Lespedeza Plants

Prepare a clean, firm, weed-free seedbed. plant in rows or pattern as described above. Once the plants become established, weeds are seldom a problem. It is best to plant 1/8 to 1/4 acre plots with 300 feet in between. Generally lespedeza grows well in all soil types except deep sand or extreme lime soils. The flowers appear in late summer and are pink to purple. The seeds are black. Seed maturity ranges from late September to early October. VA-70 & Bicolor lespedeza produces between 300 to 500 pounds of seed per acre per year.  Apply fertilizer before or at the time of planting or seeding. Fertilize according to soil test. If no test is available, apply 300 to 500 pounds per acre of 0-12-12 or 0-20-20 fertilizer. Lime to 6.5 if pH is below 5.5. Do not use a nurse crop when seeding.   VA-70 & Bicolor lespedeza can be planted no-till, but existing weeds and vegetation need to be killed prior to planting to eliminate competition. Weed control might be required the first year. This is best accomplished by mowing when the weeds are 18 to 24 inches tall and clipping them to the same height as the lespedeza.


Bicolor and VA-70 lespedeza can be used on soils that are droughty, well drained, or somewhat poorly drained. It does not do well in poorly drained and very sandy soils. Seed maturity requires a growing season of approximately 160 frost-free days for best food plot production. Ideal of transition zone state areas Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and northern half of Arkansas. Also found in Southern parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana And West Virginia.

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