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

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Bearberry Cotoneaster 'Lowfast' (4 of 15)

Height: 1-2 feet; Width: 6-8 feet, spreading
Plant in average to moist but well-drained soil
Plant in full sun
Hardy in USDA zones 5-7(8):
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may be semi-evergreen in this zone; prune as needed to keep in bounds and neat in appearance.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; prune as needed to keep in bounds and neat in appearance.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first hard frost; prune as needed to keep in bounds and neat in appearance.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall; prune as needed to keep in bounds and neat in appearance; may languish in warmer areas of this zone.

Spiraea japonica 'Alpina' – Alpina Japanese Spirea (Daphne Spirea)
Spiraea japonica "Alpina" is a non-native plant on the invasive watch list in TN, KY, VA and the U.S. Forest Service. It is best avoided near moist areas.
Deciduous shrub with blue-green foliage topped with pink flowers from late spring through summer
Plant in full sun
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil
Water regularly until established; fertilize in spring; prune 1/2 to 1/3 when dormant
Deadhead to prevent the formation of seeds that produce unwanted seedlings
Height: 12-15 inches; Width: 2-3 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; may defoliate early in hot, dry weather.

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