Each Virginia spirea in this planting bed was collected from the wild and represents a distinct lineage. These plants, along with several additional specimens throughout the landscape, form the Arboretum’s Center for Plant Conservation national collection of this species. Virginia spirea is scarce in its native Appalachian range, and the Arboretum works to steward and cultivate the species. In summer, the plant grows clusters of small white flowers. In winter, the shrub’s two methods of spreading are on display. The branches retain dry seed capsules, and the plant grows suckers—new shoots which grow up from the ground.