Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Birchleaf spirea

Spiraea betulifolia subsp. lucida

About This Species

Zone 4a

Grow me instead of Tamarisk

Native to Japan, Birchleaf spirea is a deciduous shrub with green ribbed foliage and showy white clusters of flowers in the spring. In the fall months, its peeling bark and orange-yellow leaves provide seasonal interest. A very compact shrub, Bircheaf spirea can grow up to 90 cm tall and forms a mounding shape. Birchleaf spirea prefers full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soils. This is a great, tidy little shrub perfect for small yards and gardens.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions