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Alabama snow wreath

The unusual flowers of Alabama snow wreath.

Alabama snow wreath is a colony-forming, upright, open shrub with exfoliating reddish-brown stems and clusters of white, fuzzy, bottle brush-like flowers. Native in the southeastern U. S.  Unusual shrub and may be difficult to find in nurseries.

Botanical name: 
Neviusia alabamensis
All Common Names: 
Alabama snow wreath, snow wreath, Alabama snow-wreath, snow-wreath
Family (English): 
Rose
Family (Botanic): 
Rosaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • North America
Landscape Uses: 
  • Hedge, 
  • Massing, 
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet), 
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), 
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Early spring, 
  • Mid spring, 
  • Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching, 
  • Round, 
  • Thicket-forming, 
  • Upright
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow, 
  • Moderate
More Information: 

Size & form

A colony-forming, upright to rounded shrub reaching 3 to 6 feet high and wide.

Tree & Plant Care

Full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil.
Tolerant of dry soil once established.
Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering.
Can be cut to ground to rejuvenate and control colony.

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to eastern U.S. in MO, AL, AR, and TN
Found in moist woods, rocky limestone soils, and along stream banks.

Bark color and texture 

Grayish to reddish-brown, zigzag appearance, open arching stems.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Alternate, 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide, elliptical with stiff hairs, double serrated margins; medium green.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Showy clusters of 3 to 8, one inch wide flowers, no petals but distinct white, bottle brush-like, fluffy stamens.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Lopsided, 1/4 inch achene. not showy.

Neviusia alabamensis or Alabama snow wreath