Spring Garden Tips

Japanese Spirea

Spirea_japonic410px.jpgWouter Hagens

Botanical Name

Spiraea japonica


Zones 4 to 8


2 to 5 feet


3 to 5 feet


Light to dark pink-red

Fall Color

Oranges, reds


Full sun to light shade


Well-drained, tolerant of many soil types except wet

Planting and Care

Transplant container grown

Renewal prune when dormant

Shear/deadhead for repeat bloom

Drought tolerant


Has escaped cultivation and naturalized in some parts of the country.

Varieties to Consider

Gold Mound - pink flowers, compact, gold leaves fade to yellow-green in summer, orange-red fall color

Little Princess - bright pink flowers, 3' mound

Shirobana - white, rose, pink flower clusters on same plant

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