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SPIRAEA x media (SNOW STORM™)

Image of Spiraea x media 'Darsnorm' (SNOW STORM™)

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

SPIRAEA x media 'Darsnorm'(SNOW STORM™)

Plant Common Name

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General Description

There are about 100 species which are included in genus Spiraea. They are mostly woody deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs with showy spring and summer blooms. The species are widely distributed across the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The genus name is derived from the Greek speira which means coil or spire and refers to the use of these flowers in garlands and wreaths.

Long arching branches forming mounding shrubs are a common habit for most spiraeas. The leaves alternate each other on the stems and are variable. Some are entire (without indentations), others have margins which are toothed or lobed. Pretty small flowers are grouped together in various forms at the ends of the branches. They are mostly five-petaled, bowl-, cup- or saucer-shaped in shades of pink, purple, yellow and white. Bony follicles which split to expel many small, long seeds follow the flowers.

There are many species and hundreds of cultivated varieties and hybrids grown as ornamentals. Popular selections include the hybrid Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) which was introduced to gardens in the mid-nineteenth century and still grown today. It is a cold hardy, deciduous, medium-sized shrub which has small, blue-green, diamond-shaped leaves with lobed tips. Clustered white flowers that attract bees, butterflies and ants appear in late spring and early summer. Thunberg's Spirea (Spiraea thunbergii) is a round, mounding deciduous shrub from China that is covered with thousands of small white blooms in the spring. It is a small shrub whose leaves exhibit showy fall color. Bridal Wreath (Spiraea prunifolia) was introduced to England from Japan in the mid 1800s. It is a airy mounding shrub which is covered in snowy small blooms in the spring. Bridal Wreath Spirea is an old fashioned favorite for borders and informal hedges. A least one species, Spiraea japonica is considered and alien invader in some locations.

Each species, cultivated variety and hybrid has a hardiness range and specific cultural requirements. Most Spiraea are easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Generally, full sun or partial shade in moist but well-drained soil is best for good growth and flowering. Some are aggressive growers and spread via short underground suckers. Prune to shape usually after flowering, some types are best pruned in the early spring. Generally, remove weak and dead stems and older stems back to strong new side shoots. Spireas are lovely in loose borders, masses and hedges. There are dwarf types which are nice as groundcover and in rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

Growing Conditions

Ornamental Features

Special Characteristics