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    Dart's Red Spirea

    Spiraea x bumalda 'Dart's Red'

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    Dart's Red Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Dart's Red') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Dart's Red Spirea flowers

    Dart's Red Spirea flowers

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    Dart's Red Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Dart's Red') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Dart's Red Spirea in bloom

    Dart's Red Spirea in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  3 feet

    Spread:  4 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Other Names:  Spiraea japonica

    Description:

    A compact, spreading garden shrub with beautiful flat-topped clusters of long-lasting carmine-red flowers held over the foliage, turns purple in fall; ideal size for garden detail use, stunning used in groupings; needs full sun and well-drained soil

    Ornamental Features

    Dart's Red Spirea features showy clusters of cherry red flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges red in spring. The small serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Dart's Red Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Dart's Red Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Dart's Red Spirea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    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. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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