Heard of "pearl bush"? - Knowledgebase Question

Davidson, NC
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Question by jumelton
March 10, 1999
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 from NGA
March 10, 1999
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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