Spiraea x vanhouttei


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (33593)

Plant details

This is one of the larger spiraeas, a garden hybrid over a century old and ideal for growing towards the back of the border, where it can make a dark green background for other plants after its lavish early summer display of pure white immaculate flowers in neat crowded clusters. The handsome foliage turns a conspicuous shade of purple in autumn. Bushes tolerate hard pruning, which helps keep the spreading growth to more manageable proportions, and may be planted closely as a dense informal hedge. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Spiraea

Species: x vanhouttei

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 150cm

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