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- Latin Name- Spiraea X Vanhouttei Hardy Planting Zone- 3-8 Mature Height- 6-8 ft Width- 6-12 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
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Spiraea x vanhouttei Shrub
The Spiraea x vanhouttei Shrub is a medium hybrid shrub which was developed sometime before 1866. The Vanhoutte spirea resulted from a cross between S. cantoniensis (Reeves spirea) and S. trilobata (three-lobed spirea). It’s a commonly planted shrub because it’s so pretty and easy to grow, although one of its parents - S. trilobata - is actually denser and more compact. Still, the Vanhoutte spirea is commonly planted as an ornamental shrub in much of North America and is sometimes called as bridal wreath spirea as well. Vanhoutte spirea is a deciduous shrub with branches that arch gracefully towards the ground and generally grows to be between 5 and 8 feet tall. Plants of 10 feet or more are not unknown either. During April-May, this shrub’s branches are notably covered in tiny white flowers which appear in umbellate clusters. This is an absolutely lovely effect which will enliven your yard in springtime. This is a popular plant with wildlife as it has small brown fruits which are often eaten by songbirds, and deer love consuming its branches and leaves. In the fall, the leaves may take on a purplish or reddish hue before falling off. Indeed, this is a beautiful plant to behold at pretty much any time of the year. Vanhoutte spirea is generally hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 8, although it requires acidic soil in order to thrive. This means that while cold weather won’t be an issue, the alkaline soil will adversely affect the plant’s health. While not a desert plant, Vanhoutte spirea is pretty tolerant to drought and doesn’t seem very susceptible to any serious insect problems. As long as it’s planted correctly, Vanhoutte spirea requires little maintenance and is incredibly easy to grow while still looking elegant.
The Spiraea x vanhouttei Shrub is hardy and easy to grow. It will require some extra care at high temperatures or if the area becomes very wet and doesn’t drain well. This shrub, once established can be tolerant of drought conditions for short periods at a time. It will grow at a fast rate. This plant blooms in spring and summer and can have so many blooms that sometimes the leaves are not even visible. The leaves are small and dark green. This plant will require very little maintenance.