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Spiraea thunbergii ‘Compacta’ (Compact early spirea), flowers

digital color photograph
Digitization Status
Born digital
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Spiraea thunbergii ‘Compacta’ (Compact early spirea), baby’s breath spirea or breath of spring spirea is a dense twiggy upright deciduous shrub with wiry outward-arching branching typically growing to 3-5’ tall and as wide often becoming somewhat open and leggy over time, it is particularly noted for its early spring bloom (April before the foliage), flowers are tiny white (each to 1/3” diameter) in 3- to 5-flowered umbulate clusters, leaves are narrow linear-lanceolate sparsely-toothed pale green (to 1.5” long and to 1/4” wide) having a willow-like appearance, foliage turns an undistinguished yellow in fall but is sometimes tinged with interesting orange and bronze hues,
'Compacta' grows to only 4'