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Snowmound Spirea

Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’

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Snowmound Spirea, green shrub with white flower clusters

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If you have a tight space but still want a showy shrub for your landscape, make sure to choose the Snowmound spirea (Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’). This compact shrub brings plenty of beauty to your outdoor spaces. You will be amazed by the wonderful features of this dwarf ornamental shrub. The Snowmound spirea is a must-have item for your inventory.

Plant Attributes

Are you looking to add gorgeous spring flowers to your yard? The Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ is ready to deliver. With its mid to late-spring show, this shrub is an excellent bloomer. Many designers use this spirea as a substitute for the larger Bridal Wreath spirea. This spirea is tight and more compact, and it features a beautiful arching habit. With its impressive clusters of pure white flowers, you will be reminded of those larger varieties.

The white flowers gather in small flat blooms known as corymbs. In the late spring, the tiny bouquets of blossoms seem to cover every inch of the Snowmound’s stems. These flowers are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. If you want a spectacular display for the spring but don’t have the room, make sure to choose the Snowmound for your landscape.

Along with the blooms, you can enjoy the impressive blue-green foliage throughout the growing season. The leaves are shaped like a narrow triangle, and this foliage maintains a lush appearance throughout the summer. As the Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ transitions into the autumn season, the leaves turn into a coppery-yellow before dropping. The Snowmound is a fabulous shrub for those who want to add some fall color.

Landscape Use

The Snowmound spirea can be used in a variety of settings. You might want to plant a row along a fence for a beautiful decorative border. As a foundation planting, these spireas will shine. For those mixed plantings, the white blossoms stand out when placed with flowers and shrubs of various colors.

The Snowmound spirea also has a dense canopy, and it is ideal for those spots that need help with erosion control. You can naturalize a border planting with a few Snowmounds. It is also an excellent choice for any low-maintenance woodland landscape.

This spirea is an ideal selection to use as a low hedge around your property. You might want to place this spirea as a background piece for those showy perennial flower beds. As you can tell, there are plenty of spots to add this spectacular spirea to your landscape. While there are several ornamental shrubs on the market, the Snowmound is definitely a standout. This shrub is an excellent way to bring some brilliant white blooms into your yard without worrying about space. You will love this shrub throughout the year.

Planting & Care

The Snowmound spirea thrives in USDA zones 4 to 8. You will want to place your spirea in full sun to light shade. It also needs well-draining soil for the best results. You might want to provide additional water to this shrub during extreme heat, especially for those younger plants. In those warm and dry climates, the Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ should be protected from the hot afternoon sun.

After the blooms have faded, provide a light shearing to remove any spent flowers. Other than that, the Snowmound is a maintenance-free shrub that looks great in its natural state. However, you can prune it for a more customized look. There are no insects or diseases to worry about with this hardy spirea.

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If you want to have a beautiful shrub for those tinier spaces, make sure to select the Snowmound spirea for your landscape. This shrub has dark green foliage and beautiful white flower clusters. Since you can use the Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ in various ways, you will be delighted with this shrub no matter where you place it.

Arbor Valley Nursery can help you bring home this spirea. We have a large inventory of shrubs, plants, flowers, and more. Make sure to fill out the contact form to learn more about the beautiful Snowmound spirea.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Moderate, water regularly in extreme heat
  • Botanical Pronunciation: spy-REE-a nip-PON-i-ka
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Reaches 3 to 5 feet in height and width
  • Special features: Attracts butterflies. tolerates poor soils, and spectacular fall color
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Blooms: Mid to late spring
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Showy flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage
  • Design Ideas: Excellent choice for a beautiful decorative border. Perfect for a foundation planting. When added to a mixed planting, the graceful habit contrasts against other plants. An excellent choice for any woodland garden. Helpful in reducing erosion around a property.
  • Companion Plants: Creeping juniper, Coral bells, and Chinese fringe flower

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