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Spirea, Vanhouttei

Vanhouttei Spirea (also commonly called Bridalwreath) is a vase-shaped, deciduous shrub with branching that arches gracefully toward the ground and creates a cascading waterfall of white as it blooms. This beauty grows fast and blooms in mass during its flowering season. Tiny white flowers (each to 1/3" diameter) appear in late April to May in rounded flower clusters (to 2" wide) that profusely cover the leafy branching. It has small, oval, coarsely notched or toothed, dark blue-green leaves (to 1.5" long). Fall color is usually undistinguished, but attractive purplish hues may sometimes develop.

Excellent flowering specimen/accent. This shrub can also be grown in tight rows to create a lovely privacy screen. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, a wide range of soils and some drought. Prune as needed immediately after flowering.

Plant Details +

Botanical Spirea x vanhouttei
Common Name Spiraea vanhouttei'
Family Rosaceae
Height 5-8'
Spacing 7-10' Wide if Grown Separately
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Sun to partial sun
Foliage Blue-Green
Flower Clusters of White 1/3" Flowers
Bloomtime Spring, April - May

General Information +

General Characteristics: Vanhouttei Spirea is a durable and familiar shrub that is best grown in a sunny location and any good garden soil and prefers well-drained soil. More than any other Spirea, it has a feathery appearance.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Widely Adaptable

Planting Instructions: Plant in part sun to full sun. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.