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Delicate foliage and cascading branches of white or pink spring flowers are two traits that earn spirea its rightful place in the mixed border. A beautiful flowering companion for spring bulbs, the bridal wreath spirea is a traditional favorite.

Other types have colorful light-green or gold foliage that contrasts with purple-toned perennials and shrubs. Compact spirea varieties form mounding backdrops in small-space gardens.

Spireas thrive in a fertile, moist soil with good drainage.





From 1 to 8 feet


To 6 feet wide

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more varieties for Spirea
Anthony Waterer spirea

Anthony Waterer spirea

(Spiraea japonica 'Anthony Waterer') grows into a 3-foot-tall mound with deep rosy pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-9

Bridal wreath spirea

Bridal wreath spirea

(Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena') bears tiny double white flowers on bare branches early in spring, before the glossy green leaves appear. Some red fall color. Zones 5-9

Froebel spirea

Froebel spirea

(Spiraea japonica 'Frobelii') bears bright pink spring flowers and grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

Goldflame spirea

Goldflame spirea

(Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame') is a small shrub to 2 to 3 feet high, with orange-gold tinted new growth that softens to light green in summer, then copper-orange in fall. It bears pink flowers in early summer. Zones 4-9

Little Princess spirea

Little Princess spirea

(Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess') forms a dense mound 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Rose pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-9

Snowmound spirea

Snowmound spirea

(Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound') bears white flowers that almost smother the branches in early summer. It forms a fast-growing, mounding shrub 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 4-8

Van Houtte spirea

Van Houtte spirea

(Spirea x vanhouttei) forms a vase-shaped shrub to 6 feet tall and wide, bearing white flowers in mid-spring. Zones 4-8

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