Sem False Spirea
Sem False Spirea
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' Plant Patent #16,336Item #9475 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 11
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Vividly colored, pink to red fern-like spring foliage turns chartreuse with bronze tips, then solid green as it matures on this hardy, compact shrub. Showy panicles of tiny, white flowers adorn the foliage in late spring. Superb in foundation plantings, or to accent borders or raised beds. Works well on slopes. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:sor-BAY-ree-uh sor-bee-FOH-lee-uhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:MulticoloredBlooms:Spring to SummerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThe highly textured bamboo-like appearance of this smaller shrub makes it a natural choice for Asian-inspired gardens or contemporary rock and gravel gardens. Because it thrives in lightly shaded, woodland settings, it blends wonderfully with the colorful leaves of Japanese Maples, Purple Nine Bark and similar shrubs and trees with deep coloration. Highly effective in larger spaces planted in bold, informal groupings where the swaths of glowing foliage is stunning.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Viburnum (Viburnum); Foxglove (Digitalis); Barberry (Berberis); Bergenia (Bergenia)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained, enriched soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring. Prune annually and remove root suckers to control size and spread.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The species Sorbaria sorbifolia, commonly called Ural False Spirea, is native to the mountain ranges of eastern Siberia, Manchuria, northern China, Korea, and Japan