Glow Girl® Spirea

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Fantastic Color and Flowers Glow Girl Spirea

  • Cute Purple Buds and White Flowers in Early Spring
  • Colorful Foliage is Shaped Like Birch Leaves
  • Holds its Color
  • Yellow Foliage Fall Color
  • Cold Hardy
  • Works Well in Containers and Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Perfect for Modern Foundation Plantings
  • Use in Rock Gardens
  • Grow in Full Sun or Part Sun
  • Compact Habit
  • Grows in a Wide Range Across North America
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone

This compact, colorful small shrub is a staff favorite here at Nature Hills. With glowing color all season long, the Glow Girl Spirea (Spiraea betulifolia Tor Gold) is very attractive and brings butterflies and hummingbirds to your landscape. Youll love this easy care plant!

Glow Girl is native to North America, but is a hardier selection that is adapted to extremes of cold and heat. Its beautiful, Birch-shaped leaves wont burn in the heat of the summer.

With a full, compact habit, Glow Girl brings exceptional ornamental features all through the growing season. It delivers color from spring through fall.

The color show begins in early spring when vibrant, sunny-yellow, new foliage emerges. It will gradually turn lime-green.

Keep your eyes out for tender, tiny, green clustered flower buds that swell and turn purple before opening into long-lasting blooms of pristine white. They are the sweetest little powder puffs, decorated with delicate yellow stamens!

The flowers keep blooming for you all spring longand even into early summer if you spend just a minute snipping off the first flush of spent blossoms. Call it me time, its well worth that small effort spent enjoying your garden.

As summer progresses, the lime-green foliage deepens into an elegant golden tone. Finally, as the nights grow colder, the fall color display occurs. The shrub turns a brilliant mix of chartreuse with bold orange and even bright red.

Glow Girl keeps changing and evolving for you all season long. It might be hard to decide which outfit you love the most. The ornamental qualities of this small shrub truly cant be understated.

Glow Girl Spirea will grow into a useful, mounded shape with an equal height and spread. It has a compact form that works so well on small modern lots. It can even be grown in outdoor containers as a Thriller on the balcony, porch, patio or deck.

Order yours today from the expert growers of Nature Hills. How nice to receive your gorgeous new Glow Girl Spirea shrubs packed in a very sturdy box right at your doorstep.

How to Use Glow Girl Spirea in the Landscape

When a deciduous shrub offers this much color and remains compact and low-growing, it can be placed throughout your landscape. Use Glow Girl as a consistent design element. Plant several in every planting bed around your landscape to easily tie your landscape design together.

These make perfect, colorful, low-growing hedges along your sidewalk or edging your flower bed. Create a solid hedge by planting 2 feet apart on center. Youll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Glow Girl can also be used as a filler plant to brighten up wide, open spaces. Use a staggered, zig-zagging planting pattern, 2 feet apart on center. Mulch between plants and keep new mass plantings weeded until the plants grow together and touch.

You can also consider it a bedding plant and use it in the middle of rectangular planting beds. Edge with small Baby Gem Boxwood for a formal look.

Because this shrub is very low maintenance, it should be considered for use in commercial landscapes. Go big and bold with this brightly colored shrub to grab attention.

Plant them in large outdoor containers for a dramatic look. Then place one on either side of your front door for a big shot of curb appeal. Decorate your pool deck or back patio with these easy-breezy splashes of color.

Style them in sophisticated containers that match your homes exterior or go wild with fun and funky pots! Glow Girl can handle a whole lotta look, so dont take your choices too seriously. Life is short!

As you can imagine, this wonderful bright foliage makes a perfect foil for dark purple plants. Alternate with Crimson Pygmy Barberry along the length of a garden bed, or use as a small facer shrub on the sunny side of taller Diabolo Ninebark.

Pollinators and other beneficial insects will appreciate Glow Girls early season flowers as much as you will. If you have an edible garden, mix in a few near your vegetable garden or fruit trees to entice pollinators and to help control pests.

Youll just love the look! Go ahead, start a collection.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This versatile shrub is quite hardy and can adapt to a variety of soils. Butterflies and birds love its flowers, but deer tend to pass it by.

In warmer climates, plant in a location with part shade, favoring protection from the afternoon sun. Northern gardeners can plant in a full sun position.

Select a location with well-drained soil. Glow Girl Spiraea adapts very well to many different soil types.

Give new plants and container plants a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. However, Spireas are low water users, once their roots are established in your soil.

In the warmer Zones of 8 and 9, extra water may be required during dry hot periods. In these areas, this plant will benefit from a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch to keep the root system cool and minimize surface moisture evaporation.

Glow Girl flowers on old wood so any major pruning should be done right after spring flowering has finished. Snip the fading blooms to prolong the flowering season, a minor task that rewards you greatly.

There are no serious disease or pest problems that bother the Glow Girl. This is a great plant for focal points or fillers in commercial plantings.

If youre looking for a tough little shrub that wont require much care, and yet provide color for your yard in three seasons, Glow Girl Spirea is a great choice as a variable and lively dash of color spring through fall. Enjoy those enchanting spring flowers!

Plant yours this year and begin enjoying the grace and color of this remarkable shrub. Order now!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Glow Girl® Spirea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Glow Girl Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor Gold'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Greenish-Yellow
Foliage Greenish-Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Photos courtesy of Proven Winners, Inc -