Beautiful Arched White Spring Flowering Vanhouttei Spirea
- Tiny White Flowers on Arching Branches
- Beloved Variety in High Demand
- Beautiful Blue Green Foliage
- Graceful Arching Habit
- Wonderful as an Informal Hedge
- Easy Care
- Fast Growing
- Butterfly Magnet
- Widely Adapted to a Wide Range of Soils
- May Be Pruned to Any Size
- Deer Tend to Leave It Alone
- Also Known as Vanhoutte Spirea and Spiraea Vanhouttei
One of the most requested shrubs we offer, the Vanhouttei Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) is also known as Bridal Wreath. It’s truly a charming addition to the landscape, with graceful cascading limbs that arch up and out like a fountain.
You’ll be amazed at the spring show when every branch is liberally frosted with white bloom clusters. The display lasts a long time and resembles a spring bride’s veil.
A cross between the Spiraea trilobata x s cantoniensis, the flower clusters are 1-2" diameter umbels. The lovely white flowers form along the branch and branchlet tips. They seem to float above the fine-textured leaves!
You simply have to see it to believe it. This shrub is definitely a superstar to wrap up the early spring. Underplant it with spring bulbs and spring blooming perennials to create a precious welcome to the new growing season.
You’ll love the sophisticated shape all year long. It looks great with its delicate summer leaves, and even in winter, the sparkling frost coats the arching branches in a stunning display.
This is a shrub isn’t just a pretty face. It’s easy care, fast growing and durable, too. Order yours today and fall in love!
How to Use Vanhouttei Spirea in the Landscape
There are many ways to use this shrub, but we highly recommend that you give it enough room to spread to its full width. This vase shaped plant with its cascading habit is a beautiful addition to any landscape situation. You’d hate to lose the dramatic charm of the arched form.
You may have seen them crammed into too-tight foundation plantings. When you need to shear them for size control, you miss out on a lot of the appeal of this vase-shaped deciduous shrub.
Why not give Vanhouttei Spirea the room it needs to gain full mature size? It makes a wonderful screen along a fence line or near your patio. Plant a row of them 4 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.
No one said a hedge has to be stick straight, after all! The organic form of these lovely plant begs for a modern interpretation in the landscape. Gently curve that row as you like to follow the contours of your landscape.
Try 3, 5 or 7 of them planted in a loose triangle or zig-zag along the length of a garden bed or berm planting. Add a garden sculpture and you’ll have a magnificent focal point.
Play with contrasting textures, if you crave a modern look. Go extreme by partnering with the sculptural form of Yucca, or plant fine-textured Spirea on the sunny side of a stiff Blue Spruce. Pair it with an upright columnar evergreen like Blue Arrow Juniper, and mirror that form with a few Karl Foerster Grasses.
Or, let your romantic side out with Shrub Landscape Roses and smaller Goldflame Spirea. Add Groundcover plants at their feet for a lush style that blooms from spring through fall.
Try a single specimen at the corner of your foundation to anchor the planting. Plant it at least 8 feet away from your house. Allow it to spread out for the best results!
When out of bloom, Vanhouttei Spirea is a large shrub with a clean delicate look. This is a taller selection best used as a border plant, or to add a bold texture to the back-round of the garden or the outside parameter of a sunny woodland garden.
When left to naturalize, the branches arch to the ground and make an open, airy mounded habit. It adds an architectural feature to the landscape.
This low maintenance plant is very desirable in commercial landscapes, where is can be massed to fill large open areas. Plant in a zig-zag pattern 3 – 4 feet on center.
In cold zones, the foliage turns a purplish green before going dormant in the winter.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Adapted to a wide range of soil types and USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, the Bridal Wreath Spirea has become the backbone of landscapes throughout the country.
Vanhouttei Spirea is a durable workhorse in the landscape. Because of its low maintenance, it is often used in commercial plantings where it is allowed to grow naturally. People hunt for it, as its most similar to the old-fashioned variety grown by Grandma.
Give it a location in full sun and well-drained soils. It will tolerate a wide range of soil types including some salt tolerance.
The plant thrives in a pH of 3.7 to 7, and by adding aluminum sulfate to a high pH soil location you can help to adjust the pH down quickly. Then a yearly application of soil Sulphur can help to maintain the lower pH in these areas.
Once established, the plant is extremely tough. It is drought tolerant in cold winter areas. In warmer Zones, it requires infrequent but regular water and will benefit from extra water during heat spikes and extended hot periods.
Mulch the root system to 3 to 4 inches deep out to 3 feet outside of the canopy of the plant to keep roots cool and cut down on surface evaporation.
It can be pruned to any size or left to grow into a mounding shrub. The best time to prune is right after flowering in the spring. Cut back the plant to the size required and leave it until the next season.
Order this valuable addition to your landscape today and look forward to years of enjoyment!
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Spiraea x vanhouttei|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fall Color||Burgundy / Purple|