Pearl bush, Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’

Pearl bush

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'
  • Common name: Pearl bush
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Commonly known as pearl bush, Exochorda macrantha ‘The Bride’ is a hugely popular deciduous shrub, and with good reason. In late spring and early summer it’s awash with masses of pure white flowers.

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It’s often planted alone along a wall or in the garden as a specimen shrub, but it also combines well with other plants in the border, such as Clematis alpina or Clematis macropetala, which can be grown through the shrub to beautiful effect.

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For best results, grow Exochorda macrantha ‘The Bride’ in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. It’s important that it is pruned right after flowering, to ensure a good show of flowers the following year. Do this by cutting back each flowering stem by half their length, after blooming has ended. Exochorda macrantha ‘The Bride’ has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Exochorda 'The Bride'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Exochorda 'The Bride' and wildlife

Exochorda 'The Bride' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Exochorda 'The Bride' poisonous?

Exochorda 'The Bride' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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