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Magic Carpet Spirea

Magic Carpet Spirea is a very compact shrub with rosy pink flowers in early summer. It requires full sun to bloom at its best. Its mounding growth habit is great for filling in bare spots or covering up exposed lower branches of larger plants. New growth is a nice bright rosy red.

In the fall, some of the leaves develop a russet tinge. This little delight is part of the Rose family. This specific cultivar was first bred in England. It holds its color much better than earlier cultivars of similar spirea. It was awarded the Award of Garden Merit in England when it was introduced.

Use this dwarf flowering shrub for a low informal edging or hedge. Hardy down to zone 4, the Magic Carpet is a versatile little shrub that will serve well in your garden.

Using the Magic Carpet In The Landscape

Magic Carpet Spirea is the perfect choice to fill in borders or flower beds. It adds texture and contrast. Put them in front of taller shrubs, use them to line the driveway or add it to the edge of a woodland to add a little color.

Pair this bright little plant up with Crimson Ruby Japanese barberry, Coneflower, Wisteria or Burning Bush for a delightful color contrast.

You can also put them in pots and set them around your deck or patio. The flowers are butterfly magnets, so if you want to attract some to your garden choose the Magic Carpet Spirea. This small plant is perfect for a cottage garden or a rock garden. The flowers are pretty enough to add to cut arrangements. For fall color, plant with asters and chrysanthemums.

Planting And Care Tips

Plant this Spirea in full sun for the best flower showing. Water regularly until the plant is well established. At that point it is fairly drought tolerant. Prune only as needed to thicken the plant or encourage new growth.

The plant can be shorn on an annual basis to shape it. Deadhead the flowers to promote a longer flowering period. Mulch the plant to keep it moist.

Check for scale, aphids and weevils. The plant may also be susceptible to powdery mildew, fireblight or dieback.

Spirea Information

  • Scientific Name: Spirea japonica 'Walbuma'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Yellow

  • Fall Color: Russet

  • Bloom:Pink clusters

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows up to 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide in a spreading habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 1 foot apart for mass planting

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