Japanese Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Maybush 'Shibori'

Spiraea japonica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Shibori
Additional cultivar information:(aka Peppermint Stick)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Cabot, Arkansas

Derby, Kansas

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

West Friendship, Maryland

Aurora, Missouri

Pelham, New Hampshire

New Bern, North Carolina

Akron, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Chalfont, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Middleton, Tennessee

Kemp, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 27, 2010, KariGrows from New Lisbon, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I planted my Shibori last spring, and while it was a small plant it grew nicely and is a lovely rounded shrub about 30 x 30" .... just right........but as others have stated I am a bit disappointed as the color of the flowers are only pink and a lighter pink, no white or red.
Still, it has not required any pampering, and seems , like my other spireas, to be a hardy and reliable little shrub. I like it even though there arent 3 colors... It has been blooming constantly since June.


On Jun 5, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

This is an attractive, easy, trouble-free plant. There seems to be some lack of three-coloredness in the cultivar, though. I bought 3 plants from a catalog some years back, and only one of them shows multiple colors. I'm guessing that if a cutting is taken from an all-pink branch, all-pink plants result. Might be worthwhile to stick to in-bloom plants from a garden center.


On Jan 24, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Twiggy small shrub (2' by 2') with loads of flattened flower cymes of near white, pale pink and medium pink, all at the same time. Mine has been in place for six years, part shade, no problems. I trim off the spent flowerheads in early winter. This encourages bushier growth and also prevents ugly brown clusters from hanging around through the next season.


On Jun 18, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

Received mine in spring 05 in 8-10" pot. By summer 05 it was about 20"x20" shrub and bloomed extensively over an extended period. However, while vendor's pic shows white, pink, and red blooms all on the same plant, all of the blooms on mine ranged from pale to med pink. Appears to be easy to grow and somewhat drought resistant.

Edited to add that I recently read an article which indicated that Japanese Spirea (not specific to this variety) may be invasive. So far I have not seen any indication of this, but wanted to add this cautionary note.