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Spirea vanhouttei
(spy-ree-ah van-hoot-ee-i)

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What about it?

Spirea is a deciduous shrub with alternating buds and leaves. It usually grows 6-8 feet tall. It flowers in late May and turns a dull red in the fall.

What is it used for?

Spires is typically used for decoration and as a border plant.

Where does it grow? How do we grow it?

The spirea will achieve the best flowering if planted in the full sun. However, it is tolerant of shade and most soil types. Plant 8 feet apart.

What are its primary problems?

Aphids like the young shoots; persistent fruit clusters are considered by some to detract from the appearance of the plant.

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