• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Requires regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Compact mound 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Cottage Garden Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:spy-REE-a nip-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 10, 14 - 21
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Compact mound 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis is an exceptional low growing shrub to brighten and fill in skimpy beds and borders. Guaranteed to add zest to any foundation planting scheme. Use to flesh out contrast at the lawn's edge. Neaten up in front of old shrubs with bare legs. Line them up along driveway or sidewalk for cheerful curb appeal. Sets nicely into foreground of woodlands to bring light to a shaded background. Even works well with spare modern designs needing vividly colored foliage with some seasonal change.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Weigela (Weigela); Salvia (Salvia); Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Prune spent blooms after flowering. Often grows larger than average in highly fertile soils; may be pruned heavily to maintain size.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Requires regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    The S. japonica clan is a large group of ornamental shrubs that fall into the Rose Family. It's named for the European species from the Greek speria or wreath attesting to its whip like growths bearing white flowers worn at weddings. But the Japonicas came about far later and first identified by Carl Thunberg, among the earliest western plant hunters to botanize Japan. However, plants were not introduced to the West until about 1870. This golden cultivar was bred by David Tristram at Walburton Nursery in West Sussex, England where it received the coveted Award of Garden Merit
    Native Spiraeas of Europe were well known as the source of white flowered wreaths worn by country brides in spring weddings.