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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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Stockton, California

Wheatland, California

Keystone Heights, Florida

Braselton, Georgia

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

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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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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

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

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

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.