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Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea

Availability : Pre-Order for Spring
Availability : In Stock
$73.99
This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Mature Spread 3 - 4 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 9

Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea features terminal clusters of delicate 5-petal, fuchsia-pink florets supported by tricolored foliage that changes from shades of red to yellow and then to green. With its showy flowers blooming intermittently from spring until early summer and its variegated foliage changing colors from spring through fall, this dependable perennial shrub offers interest three seasons out of four. Otherwise known as Spiraea japonica Empire® Northern Lights™ ('DAVCOP01') and Japanese Meadowsweet, this ornamental shrub is cold hardy in zones 4-9 and attracts pollinators including butterflies and bees. Working well in beds, foundations, hedges, and containers, Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea adds color, height, and texture to landscapes, patios, decks, and porches.

Possessing a compact, upright, mounding habit, Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea reaches a maximum height and spread of 3 to 4 feet. Disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant, this spirea poses minimal problems. Adding low maintenance and easy to grow to its long list of positives, this shrub is the perfect choice for any newbie gardener wanting to enhance a landscape without a lot of effort involved. 

Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea Care

Plant Empire® Northern Lights™ in spring or fall in full sun. Select a site with loamy, neutral, moist soil that drains well. Dig a hole the same height as the root ball but twice its width. Amend the soil if needed with compost. After planting, apply a couple of inches of mulch to prevent water loss. Provide this shrub one inch of water weekly to get it off to a good start. After this perennial is established, water only when the top one inch of soil is dry. Fertilize Empire® Northern Lights™ annually with a balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer every spring.

Prune Empire® Northern Lights™ after this shrub has finished blooming. Trim dead, diseased, and/or damaged stems. Trim crossed stems to improve air circulation in the inner parts of the shrub. Remove up to one-third of the branches at the base.

Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea Spacing

Plant Empire® Northern Lights™ in groups to form hedges and screens. This ornamental can also be used in borders or planted as specimens. Space each shrub 4 feet apart. Plant with companion plants such as clematis, coral bells, hosta, hydrangea, and lavender. This spirea does well in containers. Plant it in a starter pot with a width that is 6 inches greater than the root ball.

Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Spread: 3 - 4 Feet
Spacing: 3 - 4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous, Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Attracts Pollinators
Brand:
Common Name: Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea
Other Name(s): Empire® Northern Lights™ Spiraea
Scientific Name: Spiraea jap. Empire® Northern Lights™
SKU:
1231014349-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.