spiraea / spirea

A true master of the northern garden, the Spirea Genus has many cultivars that offer brilliantly colored foliage all summer long.  While being both cold tolerant and drought tolerant, there a few reasons NOT to plant this wonderful shrub.  In addition to their dramatic summer show many of them also provide a stunning fall display, offering even more reasons to go with a Spirea in your yard or planting space.


Goldmound Spirea

Height: 18 - 24 in  
Spread:  2 - 3 ft
Foliage:  Gold to Green
Fall Foliage:  Orange to Red
Zone:  3 - 8

 

Spiraea 'Goldmound'

Long has this shrub been among our top selling shrubs!  Tolerant of adverse conditions this spirea will outperform many other plants.  A bushy plant with pink flowers in June-July. Outstanding small colorful foliage plant for accent or contrast in the foundation planting or shrub border.


Uses:

Border plant, Accent Plant, Foundation Plant


Little Princess Spirea

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'

This Japanese spirea has a tight compact habit.  Offering small leaves on short wiry stems. Pretty pink flowers bloom in summer. Excellent groundcover or dwarf specimen shrub.


Uses:

Border plant, Accent Plant, Foundation Plant

 

Height: 2 - 2.5 ft  
Spread:  2 - 3 ft
Foliage:  Mint Green
Fall Foliage:  Orange to Red
Zone:  3 - 8


Tor Birchleaf Spirea

Height: 3 - 4 ft  
Spread:  3 - 4 ft
Foliage:  Gray Green
Fall Foliage:  Red to Purple
Zone:  3 - 8

 

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'

'Tor' is a compact mound of dark, gray-green, birch-like leaves. Tiny white flowers cover the plant in late spring and removal of faded flowers will encourage additional bloom. Autumn brings quality shades of orange, red and purple. Works well as a specimen or group in rock gardens,

Uses:

Low hedges, Foundation planting, Accent plant


Anthony Waterer Spirea

Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

Often flowering two weeks later than the Japanese Spirea the Bumald crosses  have attractive rose-pink flowers in June and July. Also useful as a flowering hedge. Noted for long season of bloom in areas with a cool climate.


Uses:

Low hedges or Border, Foundation planting, Accent plant

 

Height: 2 - 3 ft  
Spread:  3 - 4 ft
Foliage:  Green
Fall Foliage:  Red to Bronze
Zone:  3 - 8


Goldflame Spirea

Height: 2 - 3 ft  
Spread:  3 - 4 ft
Foliage:  Green
Fall Foliage:  Red to Bronze
Zone:  3 - 8

 

Spiraea x bumalda 'Goldflame'

Brilliant red new growth changing to golden yellow then to green. Beautiful crimson flowers in midsummer. Trouble-free accent or foundation plant.  Often flowering two weeks later than the Japanese Spirea the Bumald crosses  have attractive rose-pink flowers in June and July.


Uses:

Low hedges or Border, Foundation planting, Accent plant


Renaissance Bridalwreath Spirea

Spiraea x vanhouttei 'Renaissance'

Selected at Bailey Nurseries for its more disease resistant foliage, this outstanding spirea is similar in all other respects to Vanhoutte, including beautiful white blooms, generally appearing in late May.


Uses:

Hedge or Border, Foundation planting, Accent plant

 

Height: 5 - 6 ft  
Spread:  4 - 7 ft
Foliage:  Green
Fall Foliage:  Orange to Red
Zone:  3 - 8


The best time to prune spirea is in spring before new growth emerges or after they have finished flowering in early summer.  Pruning after they have leafed out in May will eliminate their flowers for that season.