Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'

Tor Birchleaf Spirea

Autumn color

Autumn color

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Spiraea

Parent: Spiraea betulifolia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dense, compact mound. Small rounded leaves, sharply toothed, good fall color. White flowers in spring in flattened clusters. Flowers on new wood so prune in late winter to early spring. Deer resistant. Dirr says does not do well above zone 7.


Dirr lists it as a cultivar of Spiraea betulifolia var. aemiliana.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in November 2011 and planted it in the 'Big Trees and Birds' garden.

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