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Spiraea japonica Albiflora Japanese White Spirea

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Product Code: SPIJWH1

Spiraea japonica F. Albiflora - "Japanese White Spirea"

Overall Description

Japanese White Spirea is a smaller, more low growing, compact form of Spirea...........but don't let the smaller mature size fool you. This cute little shrub blooms clusters of flattened white flower heads with the very best of it's bigger Spirea cousins, lol. Makes an excellent low growing foreground accent, and also can be used in container / patio gardening with relative ease. A main feature of Japanese White Spirea is the fact that you can still get the nice heavy white display of color of the larger white blooming Spireas ( i.e. Reeve's, Snowmound, Bridal Wreath, Vanhoutte, etc ).......yet in about a third of the space, or less!!

Growth habit is nice & rounded, with only occasional trimming / shaping required to maintain an overall nice shape & form. Flower heads typically begin in mid May or so in warmer zones, as late as June in more northern climates. Bloom cycle definitely has a "peak", which occurs about 2 weeks after blooming begins - but overall blooming can be extended substantially if older, expired flower heads are removed through pruning. Blooming will be extended through removal, but will not equal the numbers seen during the peak blooming time.

Foliage is fairly typical of most Spirea cultivars - bright green from the start, and remaining same shade of green right through till early fall. Fall color rather insignificant, but tends to be concentrated in the yellow hues before leaves drop for winter dormancy.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : Approx 2 ft

--Mature Width : 2 - 2 1/2 ft.

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended. Does not enjoy heavy clay soils.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - Medium green leaves fairly typical of most commonly seen Spirea cultivars, remaining the same good green color all season long. Fall color is yellowish, but not known as a rather showy plant for autumn season.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Generous numbers of pure snow white flower heads begin to appear in mid May in warmer zones - early to mid June in more northern zones. Blooms appear in clusters, and bloom period can be prolonged through the removal of older, expired flower heads.

--Diseases / Insects :
Virtually impossible to kill once established, but the following problems have been occasionally observed: fire blight, bacterial hairy root, leaf spot, powdery mildews, aphid, scales, caterpillars and root-knot nematode.

--Recommended Spacing :
4 ft apart recommended for accent plantings, where a small gap is desired between specimens so that the shape of each individual plant can be seen, and distinguished between.

--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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