spirea


spirea
/spuy ree"euh/, n.
any of various plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, having clusters of small, white or pink flowers, certain species of which are cultivated as ornamentals.
Also, spiraea.
[1660-70; < NL, L spiraea < Gk speiraía privet]

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Any of nearly 100 species of flowering shrubs in the genus Spirea (rose family), native to the northern temperate zone and commonly cultivated for their pleasing growth habit and attractive flower clusters.

The most commonly grown, and possibly the most popular of all cultivated shrubs, is the Vanhouttei spirea, also called bridal wreath (a cross between S. cantoniensis and S. trilobata), which grows up to 6 ft (2 m) tall and has graceful arching branches that bear numerous white flowers in spring. Plants that resemble spirea are the shrubby false spireas (Sorbaria species, also rose family) and the perennial herbaceous spireas (Astilbe species, saxifrage family).

E.R. Degginger
EB Inc.

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plant
 (Spiraea), any of a large genus (nearly 100 species) of flowering shrubs, in the rose family (Rosaceae), native to the North Temperate Zone and commonly cultivated for their pleasing growth habit and attractive flower clusters.

      The most commonly grown—and possibly the most popular of all cultivated shrubs—is the Vanhouttei spirea, also called bridal wreath (Spiraea ×Vanhouttei, produced by a cross between S. cantoniensis and S. trilobata), which grows up to 2 metres (6 feet) high; the graceful arching branches bear numerous white flowers in spring. Other spring-flowering spireas include S. crenata, S. prunifolia, and S. trilobata; summer-flowering species include S. albiflora, S. ×Bumalda (derived from S. albiflora and S. japonica), S. ×Billiardii (derived from S. douglasii and S. salicifolia), S. japonica, S. salicifolia, and S. tomentosa.

      Among the attractive low-growing spireas are the white-flowering snowmound spirea (S. nipponica ‘Snowmound') and the Japanese white spirea (S. albiflora). The alpine Japanese spirea (S. japonica ‘Alpina') bears rose-pink flowers. The popular hybrid Bumalda varieties provide colour variations of both flower and foliage.

      Plants resembling spirea are the shrubby false spireas (Sorbaria species) and the perennial herbaceous spireas (Astilbe species).

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Universalium. 2010.

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