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Spirea

Spirea are flowering shrubs that are adored for their profuse blooms clusters and easy care. These plants are loved by the novice and expert gardener alike. The abundant blooms of the Spirea bush attract butterflies. Beautiful as borders, perfect in perennial beds, amazing as accents anywhere, and magnificent in mass plantings, this plant is as versatile as it is stunning in the landscape!

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When Does Spirea Bloom

Spirea bushes bloom from mid or late spring through summer. Little Princess generally blooms from May to June. Japanese Spirea Gold Mound flowers in June and July. Bloom time varies with climate and weather conditions.

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How to Plant Spirea

Water your potted Spirea deeply prior to planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball of your plant. Once placed in the hole, the root ball of your plant should be slightly higher than the soil line. Fill the hole with water, backfill the hole with soil, and tamp the soil down gently with your hands to remove air pockets. Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch around your plant to prevent weeds and reduce watering requirements. Water again until the water begins to pool on the ground surface. Water daily for the first week.

How to Prune Spirea | When to Prune Spirea

After your plant has finished flowering prune back or “deadhead" the spent flowers to promote re-blooming if desired. An easy way to deadhead is to lightly shear the whole bush rather than trying to prune every flower. This light pruning will also help to maintain the shape and compact nature of the plant. Heavy pruning is optional, but Spireas do respond well to pruning, especially when used to rejuvenate an older plant. Prune up to 1/3 of your plant in late winter or early spring for best results. Minor pruning can be done at any time. Remove dead or damaged branches when you notice them. Japanese Spirea bloom on new wood

How to Care for Spirea

Spireas thrive in full to part sun and are adaptable to any moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply 2 times per week for the first 3 months while your plant is establishing. After about a year in the ground Spireas are drought tolerant. They will perform best if you keep them watered deeply once per week when there is drought in spring and summer, especially for the first 2 years. Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer in spring.

Featured Spirea Bushes

double play candy corn spirea

Double Play Candy Corn Spirea

Spiraea japonica ‘NCSX1’
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Mature Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 18 to 30 inches wide

This vibrant dwarf Spirea is ideal for pots and just about any small space in the home landscape. Spirea Candy Corn isn’t just showy; it is a show-off! It makes a glorious debut in spring with petite candy apple red leaves. As the leaves mature they turn golden delicious! During the growing season you will be delighted with more and more color as new growth emerges pumpkin orange! From spring to early summer deep pinkish purple flowers add even more rich color.

goldmound spirea

Goldmound Spirea

Spirea japonica 'Goldmound'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

This dwarf Spirea is small, but mighty. It has vibrant colors ranging from yellow to green to orange depending on the time of year. Pink blooms add even more color in spring and summer. This plant is striking in containers. Add color to your patio, deck or entryway. The Goldmound Spirea makes a border that elevates your landscape with vivid colors and lush texture.

little princess spirea

Little Princess Spirea

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

This Spirea is a soft and feminine shrub perfect for cottage gardens. With a compact size and shape this dwarf shrub fits just about anywhere. You won’t need to baby this plant for a lovely, mounded appearance. The light green foliage is lush and attractive. Pretty pink flower clusters blanket this flowering plant in late spring and last into summer. Try this beautiful bush in low hedges for a great look!

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