Spirea - Shirobana #2
Shirobana Spirea - Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana'
Height: 3 feet - Spread: 3 feet - Sunlight: full sun - Hardiness Zone: 3b
Description: An unusual garden shrub in that it features highly attractive flat-topped flowers in combinations of red, pink and white all on the same plant, held above the foliage in early summer; upright and mounded, makes an ideal color accent or garden detail shrub
Ornamental Features: Shirobana Spirea is smothered in stunning clusters of pink flowers with white overtones at the ends of the branches from late spring to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Shirobana Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.