- 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
|Flower Color(s): Pink
|Foliage Type: Deciduous, Variegated
|Foliage Color(s): Green
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Specimen or Focal Point
|Features: Attracts Pollinators
|Common Name: Empire® Northern Lights™ Spirea
|Other Name(s): Empire® Northern Lights™ Spiraea
|Scientific Name: Spiraea jap. Empire® Northern Lights™
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.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
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
Time of Order:
- 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.