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PlantFiles: Reeves Spirea, Double Bridal Wreath Spiraea
Spiraea cantoniensis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: cantoniensis (kan-toe-nee-EN-sis) (Info)

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From woody stem cuttings
By simple layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ahudson505 On Jun 25, 2008, Ahudson505 from Gainesville, FL wrote:

About a month ago after it quit blooming, I cut off all the spent flowers. Now it is getting HUGE, and unruly looking. Should I cut it back now? I don't want to discourage flowers next spring.

Positive stormyla On May 14, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I inherited 3 massive ones of these at a new house.They are growing in a fair amount of shade under large Maples. They really stand out against the shade from the Maples. Their form is so graceful. Two years ago, I gave one a horriblly botched "haircut". It looked terrible for two seasons. Now, it is again as magnificent as the others!!

Positive Rachel1919 On Apr 1, 2008, Rachel1919 from Madison, FL wrote:

Nice plant that does not require much care at all. Makes a pretty hedge. Looks like baby's breath up close, I actually cut it and put it into my flower arrangements. It does very well as a cut flower and looks very pretty. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell.

Positive Tomatoholic On Apr 4, 2005, Tomatoholic from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have found that this plant prefers full sun rather than partial sun. Also, if you remove the spent flower heads, it will bloom even more. It also likes mulch b/c it holds the moisture and keeps the root systems cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It is a gorgeous addition to my backyard!

Neutral Terry On Jan 4, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The common name is in honor of John Reeves, who was a tea inspector at Macao and Canton in the early 19th century; during his tenure, he was instrumental in introducing many Chinese plants to British gardens.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dadeville, Alabama
Forest Falls, California
Merced, California
North Fork, California
Simi Valley, California
Gainesville, Florida
Glen Saint Mary, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Madison, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Silver Springs, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Moultrie, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Dansville, Michigan
Lena, Mississippi
Poughkeepsie, New York
Drums, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Johns Island, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Kemp, Texas
Longview, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Spring, Texas
Springtown, Texas
Yantis, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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