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PlantFiles: Japanese Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Maybush
Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Princess

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive iowhen On Jun 13, 2013, iowhen from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got two Little Princesses at an end of season clearance sale. They got almost no attention (no water) for the first year and a half. It almost killed them. They were each a couple of twigs in a weed patch.

This spring I weeded out the area and have been watering regularly and they look great! You would never know they had been neglected so badly.

Negative mslyn On Aug 28, 2010, mslyn from Woodinville, WA wrote:

I planted 2 kinds of spirea, Little Princess and Shirobana. One took over my yard and I managed to finally remove the millions of shoots as well as the original woody plants. I'm not sure which one was the bad one, Can you help me figure it out? Both pictures look about the same as my existing plant.

Positive atcps On May 23, 2010, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

A wonderful little shrub. Mine is planted next to the driveway alongside a busy highway where it is neglected. It gets about four hours of sun per day and no care. It blooms a long time and even during the winter when it is bare of leaves, it looks fabulous. I have it paired with Powis Castle artemesia; a super good pairing with similar growing needs.

Neutral littlelamb On Jul 10, 2009, littlelamb from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had this plant for 3 years now and I love it. It puts out dainty pink flowers in the late Spring, and my plants are getting ready to put on another (smaller) show now in July. They remain compact but will fill the space you allot for them. A great shrub for hot/humid weather and can go a spell without water.

Positive htop On May 15, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess' is a wonderful small shrub that has small flowers in clusters. It reliably starts blooming in very late April or early May. Deadhead the spent blooms to encourage it to rebloom. I look forward to seeing its dainty blooms each year. I have had mine for many years and it has grown to well within the stated size.

Positive plantcrazy On May 13, 2004, plantcrazy from Big Stone Gap, VA wrote:

They are beautiful bushes but from my experience they do grow a little bigger then the discription says. They flower wonderfully and the butterflies do love them.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Stockton, California
Wheatland, California
Keystone Heights, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Spring Grove, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Princeton, Kansas
Jefferson, Maine
Elkton, Maryland
West Friendship, Maryland
Hanson, Massachusetts
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Rapid City, Michigan
Marietta, Mississippi
Grandview, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Mount Vernon, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Camden, New York
Central Square, New York
Delmar, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Albany, Oregon
Bend, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Ford City, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Atoka, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Woodlawn, Tennessee
Haltom City, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Winnsboro, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Woodinville, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia

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