Steeplebush

Spiraea tomentosa

Famous for its spires of showy pink flowers, Steeplebush also features excellent foliage that turns bright reddish-gold in the fall. Individual flowerets are similar to cultivated spireas, but this native forms a colony of upright, slender wand-like …

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SKU
78570-04
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Wet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 2' - 3'
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Time Aug, Sep
Spacing 2'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Pollinators, Host Plant

Famous for its spires of showy pink flowers, Steeplebush also features excellent foliage that turns bright reddish-gold in the fall. Individual flowerets are similar to cultivated spireas, but this native forms a colony of upright, slender wand-like plants. Spiraea tomentosa requires a moist setting and is well suited for planting along shorelines, around ponds, in rain gardens, and naturalized swale or detention areas. It prefers full sun, but light shade is tolerated. Flowers occur on new wood, so prune in late winter or very early spring if needed.

Steeplebush, also known as "Hardhack,” is an uncommon shrub in wild, found in high quality wetland habitats where it often forms large colonies. Populations have declined because of urban sprawl, drainage projects, and destruction of wetlands. It is a larval host plant for the New England Buck moth.