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PlantFiles: Japanese Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Maybush
Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JonthanJ On Jun 30, 2011, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

My grandmother was growing this at her home 50 years ago. It bloomed even on the north side of her house, but will do better with more sun. Our church gardens include one as well. All these Japanese Spireas make a much better show if cut back hard every year or so.

Positive Julie55 On Sep 10, 2009, Julie55 from Lonaconing, MD wrote:

I read above where this plant is considered sterile or doen't come true to seed. I guess I am confused, as I have grown this several times from seed. The seeds come from my parents plant, that I raid at least once a summer. Does anyone have anymore info on this?

Positive passiflora_pink On Aug 12, 2008, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easy to grow even in poor soil. Spent blooms turn brown and ragged-looking but if pruned off will bloom again later in summer.

Positive jnn On Apr 12, 2005, jnn from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Low maintenance plant. The bees and butterflies love it. The blooms look like a little like Queen Anne's Lace, but the bush we have has pink blooms on it.

Positive patp On Jun 14, 2004, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Dwarf, mounded, deciduous, pest-free shrub makes an excellent low hedge, edging or border. Foliage is bright green. White, pink and red bloom clusters cover the stems late spring to fall. Tolerates high summer and low winter temperatures.


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

Indian Springs Village, Alabama
Martinez, California
Logansport, Indiana
Lonaconing, Maryland
Midland, Maryland
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Dexter, Michigan
Kansas City, Missouri
Nelson, New Hampshire
Cobleskill, New York
Delmar, New York
Pittsford, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jaars, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Summerville, South Carolina
Brookhaven, West Virginia

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