PlantFiles: Van Houtte Spiraea Spiraea x vanhouttei
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
On Mar 23, 2009, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:
I thought I bought the Double Bridal Wreath Spiraea, but the pictures of that and the Van Houttei look so much alike that I'm not sure. I planted my one-gallon shrub in the front yard about 1998, in an eastern exposure. It was doing well, but I decided I wanted the area for roses, so I dug it up and moved it to the backyard, around the year 2000. The roots were considerable, but it survived and got even larger in the backyard, where it had to deal with some hours of shade from trees (until we had them taken out for fear of having them fall and hit the house). Now (early spring 2009) I have to dig it up and move it to another spot in the front yard: I hope it makes the transition again. It is exquisite when it is in full bloom, and pleasant enough when it is not. I haven't noticed it to suffer from diseases, cold, heat, and while it gets hit sometimes by the sprinkler when I am watering some adjacent potted plants, I have not particularly ever made an effort to water it.
On Jan 30, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:
A lovely shrub when in full bloom but coarse afterwards. The branches are somewhat droopy when weighed down by the many rounded clusters of white flowers. Some people call this one the Bridalswreath spirea, but that plant is really a different cultivar called S. 'Arguta'. It flowers just after the real Bridalswreath fades.
On Aug 30, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Spirea is a durable and familiar shrub. Best growth
occurs in a sunny location and any garden soil. Spirea
grows 8 to 10 feet tall, with a spread of 10 to 12 feet.
Remove some old wood at each pruning to keep the plant
vigorous. The white flowers are produced in spring after
the leaves. The plant grows rapidly and may be used as a
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Clovis, California Garberville, California Simi Valley, California Woodland, California Black Diamond, Florida Homosassa, Florida Chicago, Illinois Niles, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Des Moines, Iowa Meservey, Iowa Edwardsburg, Michigan Belden, Mississippi Byhalia, Mississippi Hinsdale, New Hampshire Bridgewater, New Jersey Binghamton, New York Rockcreek, Oregon Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania Tiverton, Rhode Island Conway, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Etowah, Tennessee Copper Canyon, Texas Harker Heights, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Rowlett, Texas Elwood, Utah