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Care of the plant Spiraea prunifolia or Bridalwreath spirea

Care of the shrub Spiraea prunifolia or Bridalwreath spirea

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

Common name: Bridalwreath spirea. This species is native to China, Korea and Taiwan.

They are deciduous shrubs with thin reddish-brown stems in their youth that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The leaves are small, oval, bright green and have a serrated margin. The small but abundant white flowers appear in groups of up to 6 individuals. They bloom in spring.

They are used as isolated specimens, to form bushy groups, in borders and in large pots.

Spiraea prunifolia can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposure. They resist frost well.

The soil should be well drained, have medium texture, and contain organic matter.

They resist several days of drought but they appreciate regular watering so that the soil does not dry out completely.

Fertilize in autumn with organic matter (compost or manure) and with mineral fertilizer in late winter.

Prune lightly after flowering to strengthen the plant and control its growth.

They are quite resistant plants to pests and diseases but they can suffer attacks from aphids in case of drought and powdery mildew in case of excess watering.

They are propagated by cuttings after flowering.

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Spiraea prunifolia
Spiraea prunifolia
Spiraea prunifolia
Spiraea prunifolia