- Spiraea Prunifolia Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 4-10 ft Width- 2-3'ft , Sun or Shade- Full Sun
Spirea Van Houtte-Spiraea x vanhouttei
Spirea Van Houtte is commonly known as bridal wreath spirea because it used to be added to wedding decorations. It is a beautiful plant that is vase-shaped and has branches that arch towards the ground, giving it a graceful look. Its white blooms are sure to catch all eyes in the spring, making this a plant that many people want in their yards. It can still grow in light shade, but it will take longer to mature, and it does just fine in a wide variety of different soils, though it prefers average moisture. The plant flowers in late April or early May, the small white flowers covering most of its surface, and the leaves tend to be an unusual blue-green color that sets the flowers in beautiful contrast. It is a plant that overgrows, and it is a very hardy plant, so it does not require too much upkeep. You should, however, prune it right after it flowers so that it can regain its strength. The flowers attract butterflies, so it should be an addition to anyone planning on creating a butterfly garden, and its densely packed branches make for a high hedge. Because it is so hardy, there are no severe insect issues to worry about, though it will need protection from the cold, and since it has many different potential uses, from hedges, borders, and foundation pieces to accent pieces, it is a plant that can be a great addition to any garden.