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Pretty Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) is a wonderful perennial native that brings beauty and life to wild spaces and natural gardens! This Spirea relative has fragrant flower clusters that attract a diverse array of pollinators! Unlike the flat-topped blooms of other Spirea, Meadow Sweet has tiny clusters of frilly blooms that form conical spikes in white or very pale pink. They perfume your garden all summer long!

The fizzy white blooms are backed by toothy green leaves that fill out a mound-shaped, rounded deciduous shrub, covered in bright yellow-green all growing season! The seed pods arrive for autumn interest while the foliage turns golden-yellow.

Cold-hardy throughout USDA zones 3 to 7 and growing into a tidy 3-4 foot tall and wide deciduous shrub that are pollinator friendly and wonderful native Host Plants for a wide array of beneficial insects!

Planting and Application:

A native of the eastern and midwestern U.S., Meadow Sweet shrubs thrive in wet prairies, and riparian areas along ponds, streams, or lakes. They also are fantastic in Rain Gardens and around the HVAC unit or gutters by your home's foundation!

Perfect for naturalistic landscaping in the sun or partial shade, Cottage borders, Pollinator Gardens, and mixed shrub borders are ideal locations for Meadowsweet! Create low privacy and screening, as well as bird-friendly habitat and shelter, plant in rows or groupings where the fine-textured foliage adds textural interest to any landscape.

The dense sheltering branches shelter and feed songbirds and form polite thickets and groupings you'll provide Wildlife shelter and nesting sites!

  • Showy Fragrant Flower Clusters
  • Great Cut Flowers & Pollinator-Friendly
  • Wildlife Cover, Nesting & Protection
  • Rounded Thicket-Forming Cold-Hardy Shrubs
  • Rain Gardens, Naturalizing, Butterfly & Cottage Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Meadowsweet handles full sun, partial shade, and afternoon shade locations as long as they are well-drained with higher moisture availability. But can also be drought tolerant once established, and only need help in extended periods of dry heat. However, they do best in moist soil, as long as it doesn't become stagnant.

Provide a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to hold moisture in better and enrich the soil. Prune in the late winter to early spring and renewal prune every 3-5 years to maintain the flowering vigor of these deciduous shrubs.

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • High to Average Moisture
  • Prune in Winter & Deadhead for Repeat Blooms
  • Drought Tolerant Native Once Established
  • Deer Resistant & No Serious Pest or Disease Problems

The fragrant and showy blooms of the hardy native Meadowsweet Spirea will perfume your garden and call pollinators from near and far! Order your own pretty workhorse plants and shrubs at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Meadowsweet Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3 - 7
Growing Zones 3 - 7
More Information
Botanical Name Spiraea alba
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes