Dwarf Japanese Spirea
Red Spirea is a hardy , deciduous, mounding shrub that grows about 3 feet tall with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. The leaves are simple and usually short stalked, and are arranged in a spiralling, alternate fashion.It features showy clusters of red flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. It has forest green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH & grows best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun .
Fertilize in spring, and prune after flowering.
Specimen or grouping or mass for shrub borders or foundations. Also effective as an informal hedge or low screen.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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