What is a Red Spirea

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by gumby1, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. gumby1

    gumby1 LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer that wants me to plant Red Spireas. I am sure that is not what they are called. From what I understand they have dark red leaves. I have searched and have not found any spireas that have a dark red leaf. The closest I have found is a Neon Flash Spirea. Do any of you know any thing else that they might want? Please let me know.
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    Gold flame spireas maybe?
  3. gumby1

    gumby1 LawnSite Member
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    This customer has gold flames already it must be something else
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    He probably wants a red leaf barberry.
  5. gumby1

    gumby1 LawnSite Member
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    I will check on the barberry but they were really sure it is a spirea
  6. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
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    Long leafed spiraea dark red blossoms with obvious reddish orange foliage. 36" wide x 24" tall. Does well in drought, wants good drainage. Extended flowering season. Fall colors are dramatic.
  7. gumby1

    gumby1 LawnSite Member
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    I checked out the Atrosanguinea, This is a potentella not a spirea and the leaves are not dark red in color. I am almost sure they are talking about something else but I am going to keep looking
  8. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
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    You are right, I just walked back to the yard to see for myself and the leaves are not red, more of a scarlet plum color. But the potentilla that this world ejoys doesn't look anything like a spiraea. It would be hard to mistake the blosooms that are coming on for their second time this year. Spiraea have clusters that don't look anything like single blosoomimg {potenttilla, Rosaceae (Bush cinquefoil, Potenilla)}. I'm suprised you didn't tell me I was spelling them wrong.
  9. gumby1

    gumby1 LawnSite Member
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    Please except my appology, I only looked at one picture and it had green leafs. I will search some more and see if your plant will work. Again I just want to say that the customer is asking for a red spirea (leaf not flower). I dont want to say they are wrong so I am looking very hard for a red spirea.
  10. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Get a shrub book and have the customer pick out the plant. I think they have the names mixed up.


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