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Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold' (Birchleaf Spirea)

Birchleaf Spirea 'Tor Gold', Tor Gold Birchleaf Spirea, Spiraea betulifolia 'Glow Girl'


Noted for its luminous foliage, Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold' (Birchleaf Spirea) is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with multi-season interest. Opening from pink buds, a profusion of white flowers held in flat clusters are on display in late spring to early summer. They stand out against the sunny yellow foliage of birch-like leaves which matures to chartreuse and doesn't burn in the summer. In the fall, the leaves warm up to glowing orange, red and purple shades, adding sparkle to the late season garden. Easy care, this flowering shrub is perfect as a specimen plant or massed. Wonderful in low hedges for paths and walkways. Incorporates well into foundation plantings too!

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade and a wide range of soil conditions.
  • Perfect choice for borders, foundation plantings, low hedges.
  • Attracts butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • No serious pest and disease problems. Watch for leaf spot, fire blight, powdery mildew, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale.
  • Very little maintenance is needed.
  • Flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed. If overgrown, can be renovated by cutting back hard immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or by division in autumn or spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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