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Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’
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Birchleaf Spirea

Spiraea

With attractive foliage and a graceful habit, these hardy, deciduous flowering shrubs belong to the Rose family, and are easily grown in any fertile, somewhat moisture-retentive garden soil.

Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ full sun

Unique among other Spireas for its small oval Birch-like leaves, ‘Tor’s tightset orderly mounds make a reflective deep green foil for clustered purplish buds and a profusion of sprightly snow white blooms that charm butterflies. Autumn brings additional enticements when the refined foliage premieres orange, red and purple colors.

Employed as a mixed border or rockery specimen, or planted en masse along pathways and foundations, this compact deciduous shrub fancies sunshine and periodic pruning. It combines well with silver dappled Pulmonarias or Carex testacea, which provide compelling foliar contrast.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.

Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ (S-0753)
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