Neon Flash Spiraea #5
Botanical Name: Spiraea japonica 'Neon Flash'
A compact, spreading garden shrub featuring showy flat-topped clusters of fluorescent red flowers over deep green foliage, turning purple in fall; ideal as a compact color accent shrub in the garden, beautiful in groupings; full sun and well-drained soil
Neon Flash Spirea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
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