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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 8 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 12, 2021 2:35 PM

I just took photos of the real Bridalwreath Spirea of Spiraea prunifolia that is an old-fashioned shrub of the late 1800's into the 1960's. The photos in this gallery are not of this species, but of the Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) and some of the 'Snowmound' Nippon Spirea. Spiraea prunifolia has its white flowers bloom before the foliage really appears in early or mid-April the most. The other two species and some more similar species, all from eastern Asia, can all be called "Bridalwreath" if one really wants to do so. The S. prunifolia does have a mother form from China & Korea with tiny single flowers and is referred to as Spiraea prunifolia simplicifolia, but it is not grown in North America. What is grown in the USA is Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena' that has tiny double button-like flowers that still appear before the foliage on the very slender twigs. I can't think of any conventional nurseries that sell this species anymore, except a few mail order nurseries. Hamilton Square in the top row has the only photo that I see matching this species.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Not double flowered by Calif_Sue Mar 3, 2020 10:03 PM 2
I need an ID on this shrub, please by codielane Mar 4, 2020 4:20 PM 5
Tiny Carnation Like Flowers? by seandelevan Mar 2, 2020 3:56 PM 4
Source to buy bridal wreath spirea by Frillylily Jun 14, 2019 9:51 AM 23
HAVE: Too much of these (plants for postage) by lovesblooms Jun 1, 2018 9:48 AM 20
What is this plant? by sherrilosee May 19, 2017 8:30 PM 6
HAVE: Too much of these... by lovesblooms May 15, 2017 9:39 AM 10
HAVE: Plenty to trade! by lovesblooms Jun 8, 2016 9:07 AM 27
Spiraea by dirtdorphins Jan 25, 2016 2:24 AM 1
Bridal Wreath Spiraea (Spiraea prunifolia); beautiful and persistent by lovesblooms Apr 29, 2015 9:27 PM 5
Ann's (farmerbell) Gardens by farmerbell Jul 24, 2012 3:33 PM 134

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