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Spirea

Spiraea x vanhouttei

May flower (Eng.)

Spiraea is a genus of about 80 to 100 species of deciduous shrubs. They make wonderful hedges with the reward of snow white (or pink) flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Flowering branches can be harvested for the vase, but the flowers are not long lasting and the petals fall like confettiaround the arrangement.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take green-wood cuttings in summer.
Division
Divide suckering species in spring or autumn.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Hedge plant
Makes a beautiful hedge plant.

Geography

Origin
Northern America, Europe, Asia, northern temperate regions
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Some species have been used in traditional healing in the form of teas.
Ornamental
Many species of Spiraea are used as ornamental plants in temperate climates, particularly for their showy clusters of dense flowers. Some species bloom in the spring, others in midsummer.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
, Pink, White
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Combine with other flowering shrubs or plant on mass.

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