spirea

3 Jun

spirea13 001Unlike the more spectacular ‘bridal wreath’ spirea, this one is small — about 3 1/2′ tall — with pink flowers. spirea13 003  Like many Spring-blooming shrubs, the flowers form on the previous year’s growth, which means to ensure lots of flowers next year it will need to be cut back as soon as it finishes blooming.  In the case of this particular shrub, pruning it back usually causes it to rebloom the same year.  Last year it bloomed three times, although last year’s early spring brought the first spirea flowers in early May and it still had a few blooms in July.  I can’t reasonably expect that kind of performance every year.

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