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Spiraea Genus

Spiraea

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Spiraea genus. This genus consists of about 80 species of deciduous or semi- evergreen shrubs. They produce spring and summer flower displays and autumn foliage colour. They will form clumps of wiry stems that shoot up from the base they are densely covered with narrow, toothed leaves.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Shrubs

Other common names

Bridal wreath

Origin

Europe, Asia, N.America and Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their mass of small, bee-attracting flowers and in some species, their foliage. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and they will thrive in most garden conditions and they will prefer a warm summer. Grow them in moist, well-drained soil and sheltered from hot sun, especially in warm summer areas.

Propagation

Propagation is by division between late autumn and early spring, other species and cultivars are propagated by softwood cuttings in the summer.

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