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Froebel Spirea

Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebelii’

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The stunning purplish-red color of the Froebel spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebelii’) can boost the appearance of those dull spaces. This upright, rounded shrub features small pink flowers from the late spring to early summer. Even in the fall, this spirea puts on a spectacular autumn show. Make sure to add this Froebel spirea to your landscape.

Plant Attributes

The Froebel spirea is also called the “Froebelii.” This dense, mounded deciduous shrub features sharp-toothed, oval leaves. In the spring, the leaves emerge in a brownish-red hue, and they will transform into a blue-green color as the growing season progresses. The foliage has a purplish tinge on the leaves during the spring. Those leaves turn dark purple in the fall for an impressive autumn display.

Along with the foliage, you can enjoy pinkish-red flowers from late spring to mid-summer. The flowers are flat-topped clusters that are very attractive to local butterflies. In some plants, the gorgeous flowers might have a sparse and intermittent repeat bloom towards the fall.

Landscape Use

The Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebelii’ makes an exceptional privacy screen for your landscape. You can place it along a fence line to add some color to your yard. If you have a patio or deck, make sure to use the Froebel spirea for a little privacy as you enjoy those gorgeous pink flowers.

The average texture of the spirea can easily blend into your landscape. With the help of coarser shrubs, this spirea brings some balance to your yard. You might want to use these spireas as low hedges near a pathway. If you have a perennial garden, place these shrubs as fillers in your outdoor space.

Since the Froebel spirea attracts butterflies and birds, you might want to plant them in places where you can enjoy these friendly visitors. Even when the plant is not in bloom, it is still an attractive shrub for your spaces. If you want to provide some color to your cottage gardens, this Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebelii’ is an exceptional option. For those sunny borders, think about how great these spireas will look planted in a group or as a single specimen.

Planting & Care

The Froebel spirea can thrive in most locations, especially USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. This spirea grows in average to medium moisture soil. If you have less than an inch of rainfall for the week, you want to water deeply in the spring and summer. Water should be applied slowly. It is important to place this plant in a well-draining spot with plenty of sunshine. While it can tolerate a wide range of soils, it does prefer moist, rich loams. It can handle places with light shade, but it is not recommended if you want bright blooms.

Light shearing should be done on this spirea. You will want to remove the faded flower clusters to help encourage blooming. Since the flowers develop on new wood, make sure to prune in the late winter to early spring.

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The purplish foliage of the Froebel spirea looks gorgeous with its red to pink summer flowers. You can use the Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebelii’ in a variety of ways. This vigorous grower develops purple-tipped foliage in the spring. For the fall, the leaves produce a striking purple display. The Froebel spirea thrives in many locations, but it needs full sunshine. Unlike other spireas, this variety is more drought and heat tolerant than other cultivars.

If you are excited about adding the Froebel spirea to your space, Arbor Valley Nursery can deliver this lovely shrub to your business. We can help you find the right option for your landscape. From trees to flowers, our shrub nursery will provide you with exceptional service and care. Our team can help you take your landscape to the next level. For more information about the Froebel spirea, take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Low
  • Botanical Pronunciation: spy-REE-a bew-MAL-da
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: 2 to 3 feet in height and width
  • Special features: Purplish-green foliage and brilliant red-purple summer flowers
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: June to July
  • Flower color: Reddish-pink
  • Flower attributes: Showy clusters of brilliant reddish-pink flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, rustic
  • Design Ideas: Excellent selection to add some privacy to your yard. Make a stunning impression when using Froebel spirea in a mass planting. Line your driveway or pathway with these beautiful spireas. Flowers attract butterflies and bees, and you will want to use this shrub for a pollinator garden.
  • Companion Plants: Think about evergreens and ornamental grasses, such as arborvitaes or cotoneasters. Perennials, like Coconut lime coneflowers, work well with this spirea.

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