Firelight Spiraea (Spiraea bumalda ‘Firelight’)
The glowing colors on Firelight Spirea (Spiraea bumalda ‘Firelight’) start in early spring and don’t hold back until frost! Emerging a bright red-orange in early spring, the radiant foliage turns to incredibly soft chartreuse! New growth maintains the red blush until blooms burst onto the scene! The show doesn’t end there as Firelight Spirea welcomes fall with reddish-purple foliage that lasts until frost!
A native to Japan, Firelight Spirea displays a flush of rosy-pink blooms held on flat-topped blooms above the rounded foliage! The bright green creates a lovely backdrop to the long-lasting blooms! Butterflies and pollinators will flock to these bright pink flowers!
Deer will leave it well enough alone, and rabbits as too! Firelight Spirea is also very hardy and rarely bothered by pests or diseases as well! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 through 8, these cold-tolerant three-season ornamentals are highly adaptable and tolerant deciduous shrubs.
Firelight Spirea is perfectly suited to add that stunning pop of color to your mixed garden beds and creates an incredible block of visual impact as a border or hedge! Use as a backdrop to your cottage borders and pollinator gardens to draw in the butterflies and feed hungry bees! These are low-growing enough for use as edging and facer shrubs along beds, borders, and foundation plantings to add color all growing season!
Amazing in the rock garden, and Oriental garden, but also steals the show in English borders! Brings vibrant color to perennial and rustic gardens. Firelight Spirea is bold enough to hold its own in containers and planters too! Just imagine a brilliant row of Firelight Spirea as an impressive foundation planting that will have your home stand out from the rest!
Spirea shrubs benefit from the full sun for the most blooms and strongest growth. Plant in almost any kind of well-drained, mulched soil with average fertility and regular moisture until they are established. Then, these shrubs are xeric and drought tolerant. But for the healthiest shrub provide regular moisture in times of need. Prune by cutting down all branches to the base of the plant every year in the late winter or early spring, leaving a few inches with buds to regrow. Then deadhead or shear plants immediately after flowering.
|Common name||Firelight Spiraea|
|Botanical name||Spiraea bumalda 'Firelight'|
|Height||2 - 3 ft.|
|Width||3 - 4 ft.|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Soil condition||Average Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|