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Spirea - Tor ( Birchleaf ) / Size 1
Tor Spirea / Birchleaf Spirea

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 3/21/22
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 6" - 8" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $6.25

Product Code: SPITOR1

Spirea betulifolia 'Tor' aka Birchleaf Spirea

Overall Description

Known for it's dazzling flowers that start as small, white, clusters that sprout and cover the spirea in late spring, and it's dark green leaves that are shaped differently then most Spirea varieties. Has a dense growth habit that can be sheared/trimmed to desired shape & size. Best color & blooms in full sun, but will accept partial shade as well. This flowering shrub was originally native to Japan and eastern Asia. These charming spirea are a great way to add a touch of color and may also attract butterflies!!

The compact, semi dwarf size & shape of this spirea makes it an excellent choice for foreground or foundation plantings. Also works well when grouped together in mass plantings for a true bright color display in late spring. Blooming can be extended & maximized through the removal of old, expired flower heads.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 2 - 3 ft ( responds very well to trimming )

--Mature Width : 2 - 3 ft ( responds very well to trimming )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 4" - 8" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun is preferred for best color display

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous broadleaf - matures as a dense, rounded mound with round to egg-shaped, dark green leaves with toothed margins that start in the spring. Turns beautiful shades of orange, red, and purple in the fall.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - In late spring, clusters of white flower heads bloom, and persist for several weeks. Blooming time can be extended through removal of old, expired flower heads.

--Diseases / Insects :
Rather trouble free - with powdery mildew occasionally observed in extremely wet conditions. Only pests we have had reported with 'Tor' Spirea is Japanese Beetle, and aphids on new tender growth in early spring

--Recommended Spacing :
2 ft apart recommended for hedge / mass planting

--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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