A large, old-fashioned shrub with arching, fountain-like stems. Very showy clusters of white flowers appear along the branches and brighten a spring landscape. Best used en masse, at the back of a shrub border, or as a screen.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Mid spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & form
A large, vase-shaped shrub with fountain-like arching branches. Reaches 6 to 10 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun to part shade, prefers well-drained soil
Hardy shrub, prune to maintain size
Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering to shape
Shallow-rooted, benefits with a layer of organic mulch to moderate soil fluctuation and hold moisture.
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, fire blight, mildew
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Deer, rabbit and salt
Native geographic location and habitat
A hybrid cross between Threelobe spirea (Spiraea trilobata) x Reeve's spirea (Spiraea cantoniensis)
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Birds, hummingbirds and butterflies
Bark color and texture
Thin, brown, smooth stems from base of plant
Arching, fountain-like stems
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, simple leaves up to 3/4 inch long and 1 1/2 inches wide with 3 to 5 lobes. Pointed leaf tips and irregular teeth margins
Dark blue green color changing to an inconsistent reddish-yellow in fall
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Showy, small 1 to 2 inch clusters (umbels) of white flowers in April and May.
Flowers on old wood at the tip of branches.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Dry, brown follicle persistent through winter, not showy.