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Spiraea douglasii (Western Spirea)

Western Spirea, Steeple Bush, Hardhack, Pink Spiraea, Rose Spiraea


Noted for its vigor, Spiraea douglasii (Western Spirea) is a clump-forming, suckering shrub with narrowly oblong leaves that are dark green above, velvety white underneath and turn yellow in fall. In early summer, long plumes of fragrant, rose-pink flowers, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), are on display at the tips of the branches. Perfect for wild plantings near streams and moist areas.

  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm). A rampant shrub that in time can form a dense thicket. Remove suckers promptly to prevent plants from spreading.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Needs consistent moisture. Soils should not be allowed to dry out.
  • Perfect choice for borders, banks and slopes, hedges, cottage gardens and neard ponds and streams.
  • Attracts butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or by division in autumn or spring
  • Native to Western North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 60" – 72" (150cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Missouri, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Southeast, Tennessee
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 60" – 72" (150cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Missouri, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Southeast, Tennessee
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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