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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 18-20 inches
Plant Spread: 20-24 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP 9363


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Posted by mcash70 (Near Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 3a) on Jan 21, 2012 5:18 PM

Small dense mound-shaped shrub with clusters of deep pink flowers in summer. Red shoots in spring turn into rich red-tipped chartreuse foliage holding its color into fall. Great for the border, foundation or in mass plantings. Remove old flowers to promote continued bloom. In colder climates, dieback is common. Prune to ground level in early spring, treat as a perennial.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 12:30 PM

Tolerates zone 5 winters with no protection. Gets to be about 2.5'-3' around and tall. Gorgeous yellow leaves in high summer. Starts off bright red in the spring, then yellow, then back to red for fall. Some of mine have sent out runners, though.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:28 AM

I find this to be a slow, steady grower. In my area it is hard to find and expensive, so when I saw a sickly looking plant for a few dollars at a fair, I bought it. With pruning and good soil, it bounced back and has grown a bit each year, producing tons of flowers. Compared to other spiraeas in my garden, it does not grow too huge, which is a plus.

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