• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Graceful, arching branches 5 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Improved Disease Resistance
    Blooms:
    Mid-Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 21
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Graceful, arching branches 5 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid-Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasA beautiful white flowering shrub that makes an outstanding background for beds and mixed borders. Spreads out generously along fence lines and fills in foundation planting along large barren walls. A natural for shrub borders and island planting. Perfect candidate for English cottage gardens or American country and colonial style landscapes. Exceptional choice for all white and moon gardens. Belongs in the flower arranger's gardens for May wreath making.
    Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Weigela (Weigela); Potentilla (Potentilla); Dogwood (Cornus); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The vanhouttei hybrids were developed in France from two Chinese species, S. cantoniensis and S. trilobata. The first of these hybrids was named for Louis VanHoutte, the belgian horticulturist and publisher of Flore De Serres. 'Renaissance' is a late 20th century variety developed and introduced by Bailey Nursery of St. Paul, Minnesota.
    Lore:
    Bridalwreath spiraea blooms during the wedding season and its long flower cloaked whips are the old timer's choice for wreaths worn at country weddings. This is evidenced by its genus name derived from the Greek speria, meaning wreath.

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