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Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.. Soil PH: 5 - 7
Med - Lg Shrub (usually >3' and never < 1.5')
Rose spirea occurs naturally from southern
Alaska south to northern California and east to western
Montana. The elevation range is sea-level to 6,500 ft in
Western state native:
Oval green leaves (to 4" long) are felty white-tomentose beneath.
Predominant flower color:
Tiny, fragrant reddish
pink flowers are borne in dense, elongate clusters at the end of shoots. The clusters appear 'fuzzy' from the abundance of long stamens
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Rose spirea grows best in full sun to dappled shade and in
a wide range of soils (gravelly sandy loams to heavy
clays) that range from acidic to neutral (pH 4.5-7.5) and
from moist well drained to wet and poorly drained
(hydric). The species tolerates ext
Used by Wildlife:
Rose spirea provides good cover for birds and small
mammals. Grouse apparently eat the dried spikes and
other wildlife consume the seed filled capsules. The
flowers are a source of nectar for hummingbirds,
butterflies, and other pollinator insects
Long Term Care:
This species can become invasive, as it
spreads readily by suckers and seedlings, especially on
flat, moist to wet sites in full sun. Dense thickets can
become nearly impenetrable and too competitive for other
desirable plant species. It may not be suitab
It is host to several insect pests including aphids, leaf
rollers, and scales.
Rose spirea may be susceptible to fire blight disease
which causes dieback of tips and scorched looking leaves.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to fireblight, leaf spot, powdery mildew and die back. Potential insect pests include aphids and scale.
Remove suckers promptly to prevent plants from spreading to form thickets.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
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