The Q&A Archives: Heard of "pearl bush"?

Question: I'm searching for the botanical name for the antique shrub in this area called "pearl bush". It can grow into a small tree. It has white blooms in early spring that come out directly on the stems, and they are rounded (like pearls), gradually opening out a little flatter. I recently obtained a seedling from a friend, and over the summer it grew to about 3 feet and is quite sturdy. Preparing to bloom now.

Answer: Your Pearl Bush is Exochorda racemosa, and is native to China. It grows best in full sunshine and becomes a loose, open, slender shrub to 10' to 15' tall. It blooms in April and should be pruned after bloom to control its size and form. Enjoy your Pearl Bush!

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