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Spiraea corymbosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, average, loam, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, fall interest

Spiraea corymbosa

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Description

Spiraea corymbosa

Also known as:

shinyleaf meadowsweet

,

dwarf spiraea

Scientific Synonyms:

Spiraea betulifolia ssp. corymbosa

Description

Spiraea corymbosa is a small deciduous shrub, high in ornamental value. It produces large amounts of 3" flat-topped clusters of white, or pinkish, flowers known as corymbs. The blooming period is exceptionally long for any shrub, beginning as early as May and extending as late as September. The stems are reddish-brown, typically unbranched, and rarely taller than 3'. The leaves are oblong, sparsely serrated toward the tip, and produce excellent fall color with golden and orange hues.

Cultivation

Shinyleaf meadowsweet is easy to grow and low maintenance. Its native range includes dry uplands and rocky slopes, and is well adapted to mesic conditions with wet winters and dry summers. It requires well-drained soil. For best flower performance it should be grown in full to part-sun, in organically rich and slightly acidic soil. Extended dry spells and excessive shade will not harm the plant, but will affect flower production. The blooming period can be extended by dead-heading throughout the season. Flower production is on new wood, so late winter pruning is recommended. It is compact and well behaved, and can be grown as a specimen or planted in groups to form a low-growing hedge. Vegetative offshoots will occur under ideal conditions. This species might suffer if grown in zones 8 or warmer. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Difficult to propagate from seed.Can be propagate from softwood or root cuttings.

Additional Notes

Spiraea corymbosa is virtually impossible to find commercially, and is rarely seen in cultivation. This is unfortunate because the species is well worthy of attention.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, GA, MD, NC, NJ, PA, VA, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Spiraea spirea
Species Spiraea corymbosa shinyleaf meadowsweet