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Spiraea × vanhouttei (Vanhoutte Spirea)

Vanhoutte Spirea, Bridalwreath, Bridal Wreath Spirea


Noted for its spectacular spring blossoms, Spiraea × vanhouttei (Vanhoutte Spirea) is a vase-shaped, deciduous shrub with gracefully arching, almost pendulous branches. In mid to late spring, abundant clusters of tiny white flowers line the arching leafy stems producing a dependable display every spring. The foliage of small, diamond-shaped leaves has a distinctive blue-green color and may turn purplish in fall. Highly popular for its fresh early foliage and wealth of white blossoms, Vanhoutte Spirea is a fast growing and easy care shrub that is perfect for foundation plantings and hedges. Introduced in 1862, this hybrid spirea (S. trilobata x S. cantoniensis) is regarded by many as the best spirea ever introduced.

  • Grows up to 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) and 7-10 ft. wide (210-300 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade as well as a wide range of soil conditions. Some drought tolerance once established.
  • Perfect choice for borders, foundation plantings, hedges, or as a specimen plant.
  • Attracts butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • No serious pest and disease problems. Watch for leaf spot, fire blight, powdery mildew, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer
  • Native to Canada, China, United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 7' – 10' (210cm – 3m)
Spacing 84" – 120" (210cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Spiraea - Spirea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 7' – 10' (210cm – 3m)
Spacing 84" – 120" (210cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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