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Cultural Details for Spiraea tomentosa

Common Name:
Hardbark Spirea, Steeplebush, Hardhack, Meadowsweet

Growth Rate:

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Flower Details:
Color range deep rose to rose-purple flowers in long clusters, 3-8", opening top to bottom; flowers linger into fall; attracts butterflies

Fruit Details:
Small dry felt-like capsule, born in terminal clusters.

Fall Color:

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Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Introduced 1738; Zones 4-8, Nova Scotia to Georgia, west to Kansas

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Requires moist soil; found along roadsides and in fields.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 219

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.