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Spiraea - Spirea

A favorite of many gardeners, Spiraea (Spirea) are deciduous shrubs that provide many seasons of care-free enjoyment in the landscape. In spring, they burst out in color with their winter buds breaking into vibrant shades of yellow and red, creating pleasing foliage combinations with their abundant clusters of pink or white flowers. Maturing to crisp yellows and rich greens during the summer months, the foliage shines in the fall with a new palette of yellows, reds, purples interspersed with an occasional vibrant orange. These flowering shrubs are terrific additions to the landscape!


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Spiraea 'Double Play Big Bang' (Spirea)

Providing long-lasting color from spring to fall, Spiraea 'Double Play Big Bang' (Spirea) is a bushy deciduous shrub with glowing orange leaves in spring, maturing to bright yellow as the summer progresses. The foliage of serrated, ovate leaves turns vibrant shades of brick-orange in the fall. In summer, massive clusters of pink flowers grace the tips of the branches. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful choice for borders and containers. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea 'Double Play Blue Kazoo' (Spirea)

Noted for its extraordinary foliage, Spiraea 'Double Play Blue Kazoo' (Spirea) is a bushy deciduous shrub with cool blue-green leaves tinged with bronze when emerging in spring, and warming up to attractive red shades in fall. In summer, very large pristine white flower clusters grace the tips of the branches. Easy care, this shrub is perfect for foundation and mass plantings. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea 'Double Play Candy Corn' (Japanese Spirea)

Providing long-lasting color from spring to fall, Spiraea 'Candy Corn' (Spirea) is a striking deciduous shrub of rounded habit with fiery candy apple red leaves in spring, maturing to bright pineapple yellow. Since the new growth continues to emerge bright orange all season, it creates a dazzling mix of cheerful red, orange and golden colors. In summer, abundant clusters of dark purple flowers grace the tips of the branches. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful choice for borders and containers. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold' (Birchleaf Spirea)

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!

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Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' (Birchleaf Spirea)

Noted for its dazzling foliage, Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' (Birchleaf Spirea) is a compact, rounded, deciduous shrub with multi-season interest. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of small, flat clusters of tiny white flowers cover the foliage of birch-like, dark green leaves. 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 in rock gardens, low hedges for paths and walkways, and also incorporates well into foundation plantings.

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Spiraea douglasii (Western Spirea)

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.

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Spiraea japonica 'Anthony Waterer' (Japanese Spirea)

Spiraea japonica 'Anthony Waterer' (Japanese Spirea) is a compact, broadly mounded, deciduous shrub with delicate, willowy, reddish-purple leaves in spring, maturing to blue-green as summer progresses. The foliage turns vibrant shades of yellow and reddish-purple in the fall. In late spring to midsummer, domed sprays of deep rosy-pink flowers grace the tips of the branches and contrast well with the unusual bluish foliage. Heat-tolerant, this flowering shrub is a terrific choice for the landscape.

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Spiraea japonica 'Firelight' (Japanese Spirea)

One of the most popular golden foliage shrubs, Spiraea japonica 'Firelight' (Japanese Spirea) is a bushy deciduous shrub with bright red-orange ovate leaves in spring, maturing to a soft, luminous yellow that is greener in the heart of the plant. The foliage turns vibrant shades of reddish-purple in the fall. In summer, flat sprays of rosy-pink flowers grace the tips of the branches. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful choice for borders and containers. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound' (Japanese Spirea)

Noted for its brilliant foliage, Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound' (Japanese Spirea) is a compact, spreading deciduous shrub with golden yellow ovate leaves in spring, fading to greenish-yellow as the summer progresses. The foliage turns lovely shades of oranges, reds and yellows in the fall. In late spring, flat sprays of small pink flowers are on display. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful ball of fire for borders and containers. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame' (Japanese Spirea)

Noted for its wonderful foliage, Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame' (Japanese Spirea) is a compact deciduous shrub with bronze-red ovate leaves in spring, changing to yellow-green as the summer progresses. The luminous foliage turns brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow in the fall. In late spring to early summer, flat sprays of rose-pink flowers are on display. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful choice for borders and containers. Great as a low hedge too!

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Spiraea japonica Magic Carpet 'Walbuma' (Japanese Spirea)

Bursting out in color, Spiraea japonica Magic Carpet 'Walbuma' (Japanese Spirea) is a low-growing deciduous shrub with brilliant red leaves in spring, maturing to golden yellow as the summer progresses. The luminous foliage turns rich russet red in the fall. In late spring to early summer, flat sprays of small bright pink flowers grace the tips of its branches. Perfect for contrasting and brightening the landscape, this spirea cultivar is a wonderful choice for borders and containers. Its petite size makes is ideal for small gardens!

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Spiraea prunifolia (Bridal Wreath)

Noted for its gorgeous spring blooms and brilliant fall color, Spiraea prunifolia (Bridal Wreath) is an upright, clumping, deciduous shrub with gracefully arching branches. In early to mid spring, a profusion of double white flowers held in clusters of 3-6 blossoms appear along the naked branches. The foliage of small, elliptic to ovate, finely-toothed, shiny dark green leaves warms up to attractive shades of red, orange and yellow in the fall.

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Spiraea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea)

Noted for its spectacular spring blossoms, Spiraea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea) is a dense, twiggy, upright, deciduous shrub with gracefully outward-arching branches. In mid to late spring, abundant clusters of tiny white flowers line the slender, naked branches producing an incredible pretty display. The foliage of small, narrow light green leaves turns yellow in fall, sometimes tinged soft reddish-brown. Highly popular for its wealth of white blossoms, Thunberg Spirea is an easy care shrub that is perfect for foundation plantings and hedges.

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Spiraea x cinerea 'Grefsheim' (Garland Spirea)

Noted for its outstanding early season blooms, Spiraea x cinerea 'Grefsheim' (Garland Spirea) is a compact deciduous shrub with gracefully outward-arching branches. In early spring, white fragrant flowers line the slender, naked branches producing an incredible pretty display. The foliage of small, narrow, sea-green leaves remains dense to the base of the plant. Highly popular for its wealth of white blossoms, this Garland Spirea is an easy care shrub that is perfect for foundation plantings and hedges. A spectacular backdrop for early spring perennials and bulbs.

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Spiraea × vanhouttei 'Pink Ice' (Vanhoutte Spirea)

Noted for its stunning variegated foliage, Spiraea × vanhouttei 'Pink Ice' (Vanhoutte Spirea) is a bushy, mounding, deciduous shrub with elliptic, pale green leaves heavily speckled with white and tinged pink. This variegation tends to green out in summer but this spirea is still a pretty choice for the landscape. In spring to early summer, abundant domed clusters of tiny white flowers grace the tips of the stems. Hardy and easy care, this flowering shrub is perfect for foundation plantings and hedges.

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Spiraea × vanhouttei (Vanhoutte Spirea)

Noted for its spectacular spring blossoms, Spiraea × vanhouttei (Vanhoutte Spirea) is a vase-shaped, deciduous shrub with gracefully arching, almost pendulous branches. In mid to late spring, abundant clusters of tiny white flowers line the arching leafy stems producing a dependable display every spring. The foliage of small, diamond-shaped leaves has a distinctive blue-green color and may turn purplish in fall. Highly popular for its fresh early foliage and wealth of white blossoms, Vanhoutte Spirea is a fast growing and easy care shrub that is perfect for foundation plantings and hedges.

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