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Vanhoutte Spirea

Spiraea x vanhouttei

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Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) at Town And Country Gardens

Vanhoutte Spirea in bloom

Vanhoutte Spirea in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) at Town And Country Gardens

Vanhoutte Spirea flowers

Vanhoutte Spirea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Bridalwreath Spirea

Description:

An old-fashioned favorite, featuring creamy white flowers held along loosely arching branches in spring; large, bushy and spreading habit, best used as a specimen shrub; a garden classic that needs well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Vanhoutte Spirea is smothered in stunning white flowers held atop the branches from mid to late spring. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated lobed leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Vanhoutte Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Vanhoutte Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Vanhoutte Spirea will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, 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 should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.