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Daphne Spirea

Daphne Spirea is a wonderful little plant, especially if you have a small garden. It gives you all the enjoyment of the larger spireas in a smaller area. Pale pink and white flower clusters cover this flowering shrub in early summer.

They look like they belong on a Victorian antique. The green leaves are slightly toothed and deeply veined. Bees and butterflies love to visit this shrub. In fall, the leaves turn a beautiful red and orange. They tolerate a wide soil range and are easy to care for.

Landscaping Ideas

Daphne Spirea is a great deciduous plant for filling in empty spots in your garden. Add them to your mixed borders or beds. Mass plantings make a low maintenance groundcover. They are perfect for cottage gardens, rock gardens or for planting in containers.

You can set pots around your entryways, on your patio or even on an apartment deck. They look lovely along sidewalks or lawns. This is a good plant to use if you are planning fire safe landscaping. Plant Daphne Spirea with Dwarf Maiden Grass, Peking Cotoneaster or a white rose.

In fact, a low hedge of this spirea really frames the white rose nicely. They all provide nice contrasts to this low mounding shrub and set it off beautifully. Cut the flowers to add to fresh bouquets. Cutting them will help prolong your blooming season as well.

Care and Planting Tips

This Spirea loves full sun. Plant it in a spot where the showy flowers and fall color can be enjoyed. Water regularly until well established. Water more often in hot weather. Prune in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth.

Deadhead spent flowers to encourage longer blooming times or you can do a light pruning once flowering is done to stimulate a second blooming period.

There are no serious disease or insect problems with this spirea. It may be susceptible to problems that plague other members of the rose family like fireblight, leaf spot, powdery mildew, aphids, scale and leaf rollers. This plant is extremely cold hardy and can thrive in northern climates.

This spirea is resistant to deer, rabbits, wind and pollution. It grows well in coastal areas.

Spirea Information

  • Scientific Name: Spiraea japonica 'Alpina'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Blue green

  • Fall Color: Red and orange

  • Bloom: Pink flower clusters in summer

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 2 feet tall and 5 feet wide in a spreading habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 3 to 4 feet apart for groupings

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