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Spiraea x vanhouttei
Height: 4 to 8 feet Easily pruned to desired size
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Bridalwreath Spirea
An old-fashioned favourite, featuring creamy white flowers held along loosely arching branches in spring; large, bushy and spreading habit, best used as a specimen shrub; a garden classic that needs well-drained soil
Vanhoutte Spirea is smothered in stunning white flowers held atop the branches from mid to late spring. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Vanhoutte Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favour of tastier treats.
Vanhoutte Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Vanhoutte Spirea will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner-city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.