GLOW GIRL® Birchleaf Spirea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-4' Width/Spread: 3-4'

A gold-leafed version of ‘Tor’, this plant has lemon-lime foliage that is colorful all season long. In fall the leaves transform to a rich burgundy color. Reddish spring flower buds open to pure white flowers in spring. The bright foliage will not burn in summer. This is a colorful, low-maintenance plant with outstanding cold hardiness. Native.


Light: Will grow in locations where it can get at least four hours of direct sun exposure, but is happiest getting six hours or more. It gets its best foliage color and flower set with full sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade so it doesn’t burn up.

Soil: Adapts to most soil types, but needs it to be free draining. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated.

Water: After it’s established it is quite drought tolerant, only needing water when there are extended periods of time without precipitation.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning isn’t necessary for the plant’s health, but for appearances’ sake you can shape it in late spring, just after it’s done flowering.

Botanical Name

Spiraea betulifolia'Tor Gold' CBR#5121


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Late Spring


Foundations, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Award winner, Clay soil, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Foliage interest, Native

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