University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
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Bumald Spirea
Spiraea x bumalda
Bumald Spirea flowers
Size:
Size: small
Small

Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 
Mature Height: 2-3 Feet
Mature Width: 3-5 Feet
Features: Clusters of white, light pink or dark pink flowers in early to mid-summer; foliage of some cultivars exhibit color in spring and summer; autumn color bronze to purplish.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well-drained soils are best, but tolerates dry sites; tolerates neutral soil pH (highly alkaline soils may lead to chlorosis).
Cultivars:
  • 'Anthony Waterer' - 3-4 feet tall, carmine pink flowers, young foliage is reddish changing to blue green, autumn color may be russet red
  • 'Coccinea' - Deep, carmine red flowers
  • 'Fire Light' - 2-3 feet tall, pink flowers, new foliage emerges orange and maintains some of that color in summer, autumn color is red
  • 'Froebelii' - 3-31/2 feet tall, bright pink flowers, new growth emerges with red tones
  • 'Goldflame' - From spring into summer leaves change from bronzy red to yellow to yellow green to green, flowers are pink
Mature Form: Broad mounded
Native To: Of hybrid origin
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Barrier
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Foundation.Foundation
Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Naturalizing
Screen
Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
Red
Yellow
 
Fall Foliage Color: Purple
Red
 
Additional Notes: Spiraea japonica is one of the parent plants of Spiraea x bumalda. Some of the cultivars noted may be found sold as cultivars of both species.

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