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Spiraea ‘Bridal wreath’
Spiraea ‘Bridal wreath’

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Spiraea douglasii

Western Spirea
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers

SPIRAEA

There are two distinct kinds of spireas: the bridal wreath type, with clusters of white flowers cascading down arching branches in spring or early summer; and the shrubby type, with pink, red, or white flowers clustered at branch ends in summer to fall. Blossoms on both types are usually single.

Spiraea douglasii

Native to Coastal Ranges from Northern California to British Columbia, eastward to the Rocky Mountains. Forms a clump 3–6 ft. tall and wide; suckers freely and can be invasive. Narrowly oblong leaves are dark green above and velvety white beneath; they turn yellowish in fall. Pale to deep purplish pink flowers in long (to 8 in.), narrow clusters at branch ends in summer. Needs acid soil and regular to ample water. Useful for wild plantings near streams.

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