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Care of the plant Spiraea cantoniensis or Reeve's spiraea.

Care of the shrub Spiraea cantoniensis or Reeve's spiraea

The genus Spiraea, family Rosaceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs native to Asia. Some species are: Spiraea cantoniensis, Spiraea japonica, Spiraea prunifolia, Spiraea salicifolia, Spiraea alba, Spiraea splendens, Spiraea x vanhouttei (hybrid).

Common names: Reeve's spiraea, Bridalwreath spirea, Double White May, Cape May. This species is native to China.

They are low growth deciduous shrubs that can reach 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, elliptical-rhomboid or obovate and with an intense green smell. The white flowers are so abundant that they tip the branches. It blooms in spring.

They are used as isolated specimens, in bushy groups and to form hedges.

Spiraea cantoniensis grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures.

Water frequently so that the soil does not dry out completely. In summer increase watering.

The soil must contain abundant organic matter and be well drained.

During spring and summer they can be attacked by caterpillars and aphids.

They are propagated by cuttings after flowering or by division when they are adults.

Images of the shrub Spiraea cantoniensis or Reeve's spiraea

Spiraea cantoniensis
Spiraea cantoniensis
Spiraea cantoniensis