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Spiraea betulifolia

Birchleaf Spirea

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Description

Birchleaf spirea is named for the shape of its leaves, which resemble those of the birch genus. White flowers appear in June on new wood.

The genus Spiraea consists of small to medium sized flowering shrubs with a fine-textured twiggy mounding habit. The small simple leaves are generally lance-shaped and held close to the branch. Spring to early summer abundant blooms tend to be in white or pink tones, depending on the species and/or cultivar. While individual flowers are quite small, they occur in clusters of inflorescence that can be very showy.

Spireas are best used in groupings in a shrub or mixed border, where they are valued as tough, reliable and easy-care performers in northern climates. The Chicago Botanic Garden's collection includes nearly 100 varieties and 3,000 plants.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Mounded
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
White
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Shrub
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8