(Japanese Meadowsweet, White-flowered Japanese Spirea)
Widely grown in temperate gardens, Japanese spirea is a small upright hardy deciduous shrub native to eastern Asia. The natural variety albiflora features elegant blooms and a compact habit. Soft flat clusters of white flowers appear atop this dense mounded knee-high shrub from early to late summer. The fresh-green leaves are oval and toothed.
Tolerant of light shade and a wide range of soils, white-flowered Japanese spirea is a highly versatile ornamental shrub that works well in mass...
A small deciduous shrub native to Japan and introduced to Western gardens in about 1885, Nippon spirea produces arching green shoots covered with clusters of bowl-shaped white flowers in late spring and early summer. The dark green leaves have bluish-green undersides.
The Nippon spirea grows and flowers best in full sun but tolerates partial shade. It prefers moist well-drained soil but tolerates many soils as well as heat, drought, and heavy pruning. After it blooms, prune old flowering stems...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Nippon Spirea, Snowmound Spirea)
A small deciduous shrub from Japan, the Nippon Spirea ‘Snowbound’ covers its branches and leaves so thickly in spring with clusters of small white flowers that it looks as if it is coated with snow. The dark green leaves appear after flowering starts, often with their tips showing through the flower clusters. While young, the shrub is upright and vase-shaped but soon the stems arch and from then on ‘Snowbank’ resembles a fountain.
This cultivar grows and flowers best in full sun but tolerates...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The wispy branches of Thunberg's spirea teem with thousands of tiny white flowers in early spring. A round, mounding deciduous shrub from China, it often has out-spreading stems with arching tips. In early spring, before its narrow, green, willow-like leaves appear, its branches are engulfed by the small five-petaled flowers. Attracting butterflies, bees, and other colorful insects, the flowers last for a couple of weeks. In autumn the leaves typically turn shades of gold, rusty red and orange....
Thunberg's spirea is a small deciduous shrub from China. The wispy spreading branches of the cultivar 'Ogon' teem with thousands of tiny white flowers in early spring, just before the showy golden yellow leaves appear. Attracting butterflies, bees, and other colorful insects, the flowers last for a couple of weeks. The leaves mature to bright yellow-green in summer before turning shades of gold, rusty red and orange in fall.
This tough, adaptable shrub flowers most prolifically in full sun,...