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)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Corsicana, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!!


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.


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!


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.