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Tor Spirea

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'

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Tor Spirea (Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor') at Bachman's Landscaping

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' in bloom

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tor Spirea (Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor') at Bachman's Landscaping

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' flowers

Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 24 inches

Spread: 24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Birchleaf Spirea

Description:

An elegant and versatile garden shrub with tiny white flowers appearing atop a compact, rounded form, fall color is a showy mix of red, yellow and copper; dwarf habit makes it ideal for use in smaller gardens and rock gardens, very low maintenance

Ornamental Features:

Tor Spirea features dainty clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The tiny oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Tor Spirea is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tor Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Tor Spirea will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing Rock Garden
Applications
Flowers Fall Color Texture Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features