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False Spirea

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False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) – A showy and very hardy medium-sized shrub with upright panicles of frothy white flowers throughout summer and ferny foliage; suckers profusely and spreads into masses, use where this is desirable, for example as a tall groundcover or filler.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Sorbaria
Species:
sorbifolia
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Ural False Spirea, Ash Leaf Spirea
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

False Spirea features airy plumes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pinnately compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

False Spirea is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

False Spirea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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