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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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ash leaf spirea is suckering shrub and invasive
Photo 6 of 14The National Park Service reports this shrub as invasive in: Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Hampshire. In these states, Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is listed as a sensible alternative.

Ash Leaf Spirea (6 of 14)

Multi-stemmed deciduous, suckering shrub with large clusters of white flowers in summer
Plant in organic, but well drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun to partial shade; prune while dormant in winter.
May be invasive in colder regions of the U.S.
Height: 5-10 feet; Width: 5-10 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-8:
Zone 2: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
Zone 6: Plant in early spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.

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