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Little Princess Spirea

Little Princess Spirea offers visual interest in spring, summer and fall. This deciduous shrub grows up to 5 feet tall and it needs room to spread. The showy light pink flowers bloom from May through July.

Native to Korea, Japan and China, this spirea bush adds a lot of charm to your yard. It is a dense, mounding shrub with small leaves. You can choose to keep it compact or allow it to become twiggy through your pruning habits.

You'll get a lot of butterflies with this little shrub that just gives its all every year. You won't regret planting this one. It grows at a moderate rate and is very easy to care for.

Landscape Ideas For The Little Princess

Little Princess Spirea is perfect for a cottage garden. It attracts lots of butterflies to its pink flowers. Plant it along a foundation, put it in a border or in a rock garden. Use it as a low casual hedge or to line a sidewalk.

Due to its small leaves it also makes an excellent bonsai specimen. The flowers are excellent in cut bouquets. It is small enough you can put it in a large container.

This is a good plant for keeping your landscaping fire safe.

For a wonderful contrast plant Little Princess Spirea with plants that sport burgundy foliage such as Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' or purpleleaf Japanese barberry. Plant on a sunny slope for a beautiful solution to erosion and mowing on difficult areas.

Pruning, Planting And Care Tips

Plant it in full sun in well drained soil. Prune in late winter or early spring to encourage thick growth. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage longer blooming.

While this plant is pretty hardy, occasionally it can fall prey to leaf spot, powdery mildew or fireblight. It is related to roses. If you want to fertilize, do it in early spring with a fertilizer like Holly-tone.

This plant is usually fine without fertilization. Mulch will help protect the roots. Water regularly until the plant is well established. This plant is tolerant of deer, pollution and drought.

Spirea Information

  • Scientific Name: Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Green

  • Fall Color:Russet

  • Bloom: Pink clusters of tiny flowers from May through July

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 1.5 to 2.5 feet tall and spread 2 to 3 feet

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 2 feet apart for groupings

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