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.
Glow Girl® Birchleaf Spirea Spiraea betulifolia
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 medalFoliage InterestFall InterestAttracts:HummingbirdsResists:DeerNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 - 48 InchesSpacing:36 - 60 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:Bright yellow aging to chartreuseHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight 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:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SpringBloom Time:Mid SpringBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Adaptable to most soils. May be trimmed after spring bloom.Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold' Can 5,121
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Alannis, Missouri, United States, 18 weeks ago
This is the most beautiful shrub. Last year, when I purchased it online and during CovidStephanie, 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