chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Pink-a-licious™ Spirea

Spiraea fritschiana ‘J.N. Select A’

The Pink-a-licious™ spirea is an attractive and durable low-growing shrub that generously produces vibrant purplish-pink flower buds followed by two-toned flowers in white and purple-pink for three weeks in June. The summer foliage is clean and an attractive dark green. Fall foliage color on this plant can be outstanding, a combination of the colors of a fruit salad—pineapple yellow, watermelon pink, honeydew chartreuse, and cantaloupe orange—all on the same plant at the same time.

This cultivar has a wonderful compact and densely branched habit. It grows to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide in southern Wisconsin.  Grow in full sun to partial shade. Flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring for shaping.  Site it where its attractive early summer flowers, good dark green summer foliage, and wild mélange of fall colors can all be appreciated.  Easy to root from softwood cuttings taken any time the plant is in active growth.

Please note the originator has never observed volunteer seedlings under his landscape plants of this selection, nor has he been able to germinate any seed from it. The Pink-a-licious™ spirea may therefore be sterile, an important landscaping consideration, given the weediness and invasiveness observed for the similar-sized and landscape-used Japanese Spirea, Spiraea japonica.

Developed and selected by Mike Yanny of JN Plant Selections, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Likely limited availability until 2017.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed propagator and grower of this selection, contact the program manager at .

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