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.
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- North America
- Mixed border
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
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
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.