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Glow Girl® Birchleaf Spirea Spiraea betulifolia

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
4' 4'
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 4'
  • Details

    Features

    An awesome plant for northern landscapes: a gold-leaf version of 'Tor'! Buds with hints of red in them open to white spring flowers. Sunny yellow foliage holds its color well, and the full, compact habit is very attractive. Also, it doesn't burn in the summer and has great fall color. If you're looking for a colorful, hardy plant that will look great all season, this is the variety for you! This extremely hardy and colorful plant is native to North America.

    Awards: KVBC, silver medal

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Attracts: 
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Bright yellow aging to chartreuse
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Spring
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Spring
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Landscapes

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to most soils. May be trimmed after spring bloom.

    Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold' Can 5,121
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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I cannot recommend these shrubs enough. My mom was tired of the maintenance her very LARGE nepeta were requiring (never been divided, planted around 8 years ago, constantly flowering, flopping, and looking weedy) so last fall i dug them out and replaced all three with these spirea. The fall color was incredible and they came back beautifully this spring. They are planted on the south side of her home in full sun for 8+ hours daily in the summer. Lots of radiant heat, on a slope, but have heavily amended clay soil. If you are looking for a way to add color to your landscape— I also planted a mass of paint the town magenta dianthus, cats pajamas nepeta, and there is some sort of upright tree and 3 PW crape myrtle in the back bed as well. It is an incredible combination and you can see it all the way from the road. Can’t recommend these enough. Their blooms are beautiful and most importantly she LOVES them. I can’t wait to make room for them in my own landscape this year. Bloomed early May in zone 6A.

      Alannis
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 35 weeks ago
    • This is the most beautiful shrub. Last year, when I purchased it online and during Covid

      Stephanie
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Cannot day enough about this shrub. It is a real standout in the mixed border! We had a tough winter and zero dieback Does well in our hot summers also. Hardiness aside, it’s a lovely plant. Beautiful shape and the color is a real standout — better than any other gold spirea I’ve had. I can’t recommend this plant enough. Truly a star that requires no fussing and a big payoff.

      Andrea Williams
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 3 years ago
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