Definition of spirea in English:



(also spiraea)
  • A shrub of the rose family, with clusters of small white or pink flowers. Found throughout the northern hemisphere, it is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental.

    Genus Spiraea, family Rosaceae

    ‘This is cheap and easy to do with specimens such as berberis, buddleia, cornus, kerria, philadelphus, spirea and willow.’
    • ‘Old shrubs, such as spiraea, forsythia, lilac, and honeysuckle, often become overgrown and full of crowded stems and dead wood.’
    • ‘Another favorite shrub, a spirea called ‘Bridal Wreath’ or ‘Shoe Button’ plant, has a completely different appeal, providing varied styles of attractiveness throughout most of the year.’
    • ‘Most of the leaves of our fall-planted spireas have dropped.’
    • ‘Sure enough, early the next summer, the spiraea's fluffy white flowers bloomed in concert with the daylily's clear yellow trumpets.’



/spīˈrēə/ /spaɪˈriə/


Modern Latin, from Greek speiraia, from speira ‘a coil’.