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Tough love.
Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia
It's tough. And you will love it. It's Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia.

This gold form of 'Tor' is just as cold-hardy and adaptable as the original, but with cheery yellow foliage. If you've never grown Spiraea betulifolia and are in a colder climate, please give it a try. It has very appealing texture and nice fall color as well as white flowers in spring. This is a very durable plant that is both attractive and easy to grow: you don't need to space or prune it to produce an attractive and uniform plant.

Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia
Glow Girl® holds its color well through the season before transforming to burgundy in the fall. It is hardy to USDA Zone 3 and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

It's an extroverted form of an introverted plant.

I've always thought of Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' as kind of an introvert, especially when compared with the more common S. japonica cultivars on the market. If you think that being an introvert is a bad thing, think again. Check out Quiet to see how powerful introverts can be.

So I'm very happy to have Glow Girl® birchleaf spirea as a more assertive option. It's the introverted plant that can hold its own with the flashy hybrids. Remember that introverts aren't necessarily shy or wanting to be alone all the time. Glow Girl® will is an excellent mass planting or low hedge, and it will do what introverts do: get its work done without needing a lot of attention. 

It's tough, too. A subspecies, Spiraea betulifolia var. lucida, is native to western North America and another, S. betulifola var. corymbosum is native to the eastern U.S. Glow Girl® isn't either one of these subspecies but is plenty adaptable and should do fine in either region.

Take a moment to  thank the introverts in your life, both horticultural and human. After all, there's a good chance that your accountant is an introvert, and I'm sure that he or she would appreciate a surprise pizza delivery this weekend.