Bridal Wreath Spirea - Spiraea prunifolia
Bridal Wreath Spirea, or Spiraea prunifolia, is a low maintenance shrub that produces a showy white bloom in the Spring. This deciduous shrub loves sunlight and grows best in well-drained, medium moisture soils. This shrub usually grows to be 4 to 8 feet tall with 4 to 8 feet spread. This plant attracts butterflies and tolerates deer. It also tolerates some shade and drought.
Bridal Wreath is a lovely shrub that displays abundant white flowers in spring. The blooms line branches that arch gracefully from the bush toward the ground, so the overall effect is a graceful display. This particular variety of spirea became known as bridal wreath because early brides often carried bouquets of the lovely white flowers in spring weddings. However, the flowers should be gathered just before the ceremony since the petals begin falling before the day is over.
The scientific name for spirea is Spiraea prunifolia, and the plant originated from China, Taiwan, and Korea. It grows well in zones five through nine, but it can be grown successfully in zone four with adequate winter protection. Although this shrub prefers to grow in a sunny location with moist, well-drained soil, it will also thrive in partial shade if it receives at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.
Bridal wreath spirea grows to a height of 4 to 8 feet tall, so it can be used as a background planting in gardens that feature smaller and more colorful flowers from late spring through summer. Pruning is recommended immediately after the flowers fade if the shrub begins spreading beyond the desired perimeter.
Homeowners who have an expansive landscape around their buildings may want to use bridal wreath as a focal point for their garden, or a line of this beautiful spirea could form the margins of their drive or a walking path. The spirea foliage is an attractive deep green that changes to shades of red, orange and yellow in the fall. Butterflies are attracted to the spring flowers, but deer tend to avoid it so it can be used in areas where they might otherwise browse.
Zone 5 to 8
These Bridal Wreath Spirea shrubs ships bare root without foliage during dormancy.
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