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White Spirea

Scientific name

Spiraea betulifolia


The White Spirea is a short deciduous shrub species that can grow up to 1 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names: Birch leaf Meadowsweet, White Meadowsweet, or Shiny leaf Spiraea. The leaves are dark green coloured, round to oval shaped, have toothed margins, are about 5 cm long, and appear similar to Birch leaves. The flowers are small, attractive, white coloured, grow in flat clusters, appear fluffy, and bloom between May and August. This plant is useful for controlling erosion and stabilizing shorelines. The flowers are also beneficial for pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.

Planting conditions

White Spirea grows best in normal or moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It can tolerate most soil types with a normal pH level but may not grow well in clay soil. This shrub is moderately shade tolerant but should be planted with some sun exposure to increase the amount of blooms that appear. This plant naturally grows in wet meadows, open slopes, dry rocky areas, and along river or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m