Spirea spp. (spy-REE-ah)
Deciduous - Sun / Part Shade
Height: 5’-7’ Spread 6’-8’ Spacing 3’-5’
HABIT: Rounded overall form, many stems from the ground, showy white or coral flowers in spring. Bare in the winter. Minimal fall color. Many good species and cultivars.
CULTURE: Extremely tough plant that will grow anywhere.
USES: Specimen, accent, screen, white spring flowers. Should be used with evergreens.
PROBLEMS: Relatively few.
NOTES: Landscape snobs think spirea is old fashioned - I think they are missing out on a great plant. ‘Vanhouttei’ spirea is a cross between two spireas from China. S. bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ is a beautiful coral-color flower that blooms later in the spring. Double Reeves Spirea S. cantoniensis ‘Lanceata’ is another excellent choice. Native to Asia