Definition of spirea
1 : any of a genus (Spiraea) of deciduous shrubs of the rose family with small usually white or pink flowers in dense racemes, corymbs, cymes, or panicles
2 : any of several garden plants resembling spireas; especially : a shrub (Astilbe japonica) of the saxifrage family
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Reaching 5-12 feet, the growth habit of ninebark is a loose mound similar to a large spirea and does well incorporated into a shrub border or natural planting.
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Origin and Etymology of spirea
New Latin Spiraea, from Latin, a plant, from Greek speiraia
First Known Use: 1669See Words from the same year
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Definition of spirea for Students
: a shrub related to the rose that bears clusters of small white or pink flowers
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