Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida (Birchleaf Spirea, Shiny-Leaf Spirea)


 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Rosaceae – Rose family


 Spiraea L. – spirea


 Spiraea betulifolia Pall. – white spirea


 Spiraea betulifolia Pall. var. lucida (Douglas ex Greene) C.L. Hitchc. – shinyleaf spirea

It is little wonder that the elegant spireas are also called “bridal wreath shrubs.”

The flowers are petite and creamy white, in flat-topped “powder puffs.” They attract ladybugs and other beneficial insects.

The foliage is fine and turns a pleasing color in fall, where it persists throughout much of the winter.

This spirea has a slow to moderate growth rate and does not spread quickly. Its mature height is only 3.’

Found from the eastern Cascades to the Prairies (USDA 5-8) on dry sites and steep slopes, Birchleaf Spirea has a deep taproot to anchor it against erosion and wind.

Choose a sunny site and enjoy.

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