When Should You Prune Spirea? We Have Answers!

When it comes to gardening, you are well-aware that it is essential to prune your plants, as means of preventing them from overgrowing and otherwise keeping them in healthy condition.

From large-leaf trees to vines to other species in your backyard, you do your best to do a good job of keeping it nicely trimmed and attractive for others, including yourself, to admire on a pleasant, sunny day.

That said, perhaps you have recently decided to try your hand at growing spirea, and because you are new to this, you might not be very sure just how to go about pruning them.

You are not sure if you need to prune right after you plant them or within a few months- in other words, you have no idea!

However, there is no need to be afraid; we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article on when to prune spirea, as well as how to do so. Soon enough, you will have a better idea of what to do, and we assure you that you will be a pro in no time!

Without further ado, let’s get right down to it!


What Is Spirea?


Considered a shrub of the rose family, spirea is characterized with a cluster of small pink or white flowers.

Due to its bright colors, it is a popular ornamental object to decorate the house with. It is commonly found in the northern hemisphere, as well as in eastern Asia, with more varieties to boot.

Besides being a decorative item, spirea can also be used in medicine, with certain species being used to make aspirin. In addition, some people use spirea to make practical items, such as brooms and hanging materials.

That said, spirea is quite a versatile plant for many uses, whether aesthetically, medicinally, or practically.

When Should You Prune Spirea?


Generally speaking, it is encouraged to prune spirea right after flowering, to ensure that it does not get out of control later down the line. Most species of spirea tend to flower in late spring and early summer, so it is a good idea to start pruning them around that time, too.

Other than that, just observing and gauging whether the flowers are starting to look a bit heavier than usual is an alternative way to know just when to prune them, so that you can get right on it even before the spring or summer season arrives.

How Do You Prune Spirea?

Similar to just about any pruning required for any plant or flower species, pruning spirea requires a solid pair of pruning shears or scissors to get you started.

Pretty much, when it comes to spirea that flower in the spring and summer seasons, the first pruning session will require you to cut your spirea down to over two feet (24 inches) in size- in essence.

You are pruning it down to ground level to let it grow, create healthy shoots, and otherwise bloom again in a few month’s time. Later on, you will only need to prune up to a third of the spirea every year.

As for late flowering spirea, you will need to do something a bit more different: they will need to be heavily pruned in early spring, to ensure that the stems will flower well later in the year.

It is a matter of pruning back to ground level, and we guarantee you that you will end up with plenty of lush, blooming colorful flowers that you will be proud to call your own later down the line.

What Are Some Uses For Spirea?


As previously mentioned, spirea is quite a versatile flower, in that it can be used for aesthetic, medicinal, and practical purposes.

When it comes to aesthetics, its pink and white colors can be a great centerpiece inside and outside your home, as means of attracting guests to admire the beauty of it all.

Aside from that, some species of spirea have been used to make medicine, including aspirin, so with that said, the flower has some pain-killing properties to help people out.

Finally, it can be used to manufacture brooms and hanging materials to be used around the household, as means of tidying up the area and otherwise keeping everything in perfect working order!


All in all, spirea is a wonderfully diverse plant in terms of species and in usages. Not only that, but also it is incredibly beautiful to place around your house.

Pruning it can be tricky business, since it tends to flower all at once, but by acting quickly and efficiently, it should be a smooth pruning experience.

Happy gardening!

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of sharycherry.com. Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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