Common Name: Japanese spirea
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan and China
Habit: Dense, upright, mounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows 4-6′ tall with a slightly larger spread.
Leaves: Leaves up to 3″ long are oval and sharply-toothed.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Tiny pink flowers in flat-topped clusters (corymbs) cover the foliage from late spring to mid-summer, with sparse and intermittent repeat bloom sometimes occurring. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
Water Use, Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Tolerate a wide range of soils.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Good for borders, cottage gardens, or informal hedge. Incorporates well into foundation plantings.
Limitations: No serious insects or diseases. Susceptible to many of the diseases and insects that attack other rose family members, including fire blight, powdery mildew, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale.