Van Houtte Spiraea (Spiraea vanhouttei) in the Spiraeas Database

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Also sold as:
Spiraea cantoniensis 'Vanhouttei'

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)
Plant Height: 5 to 8 feet, even to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 7 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Parentage: Spiraea cantoniensis x Spiraea trilobata

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Location: In Zuzu's gardenDate: 2014-03-28
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Location: Wichita, KansasDate: 2015-04-19
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-12
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2010-03-20
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2013-04-13
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Location: In Zuzu's gardenDate: 2014-03-28
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-05-01
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-12
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2014-03-27
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2017-03-07
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-08shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-27shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-27close-up of flowers
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-03-26shrub during cold half of year
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 8, 2018 10:09 AM

This is an old-fashioned plant that was planted a lot around the foundations of old houses in the late 1800's and the first half of the 20th century, as was Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus). It is a hybrid between two Chinese species of similar spireas made about 1862. Most every conventional nursery has gone to selling a few newer cultivars of similar spirea species and hybrids instead since the 1990's. This is one of the classic "Bridalwreaths" still offered by some mail order nurseries. I have seen a few still around, especially close to old houses in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the US. I believe this hybrid is sterile and does not bear seed, and does not ever become one of the invasive Eurasian plants that escape cultivation, as I have never seen seedlings around. Later in autumn it gets a nice orange fall color with some yellow, red, and purple tones. Like other spireas it has a shallow, fibrous root system. It does get very twiggy that shows up in winter and it can be heavily or drastically renew pruned right after it blooms.

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