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Spiraea douglasii

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Spiraea douglasii

Species Name: Spiraea douglasii
Common Name: Douglas' Spiraea

Beautiful flowering shrub for moist areas. Prefers moist acidic conditions. Recommended under redwoods or pine trees. Spreads by underground roots, can become invasive.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Dense with tall flowers stalks
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 6,000'
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Rose
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, Klamath Range, Cascade Range, northern High Sierra Nevada, western Modoc Plateau
Natural Habitat: Moist areas, coniferous forests to 6,000'

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  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A beautiful deciduous shrub of erect growth with reddish brown bark. Leaves oblong, green on the upper surface, white or tomentose beneath. Flowers deep pink in long narrow panicles. Very attractive when in bloom and will grow in any garden. Gallon cans, 50c."
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