Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’

Japanese spirea

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Outstanding Qualities

Little Princess' is an easy-to-grow, deciduous shrub that blooms from late spring to early summer, covering itself with dainty, light rose-pink flowers. This selection is smaller-growing making it a better fit for many smaller & urban gardens. In summer its toothed leaves are bright green. It has good fall color and tends to hold its leaves late. 'Little Princess' is a good choice for a shrub or mixed border with perennials.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: late spring flowers & autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, purple

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This small spirea prefers full sun to light or open shade. Plant it in rich moist to well-drained soil, although it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Provide regular water to this small shrub to keep it looking its best through the summer. A few older stems can be pruned to the ground in the winter every year. Alternatively, cut the entire shrub back to six to eight inches tall every three or four years and allow it to regrow.