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PlantFiles: Ural False Spiraea
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sorbaria (sor-BAY-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: sorbifolia (sor-bee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sem

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Chartreuse/Yellow
Pink
Red

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral coriaceous On May 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar differs from the species in its height---4' rather than 5-10'---and in its foliage color. New leaves and stems are red, fading to chartreuse.

Extremely winter hardy. A tough but very aggressive spreading/suckering shrub with attractive white flowers in summer.

I'd be reluctant to plant this where many alternatives are available, but the species is commonly grown and considered a valuable landscape plant in northern New England and the St. Lawrence valley. It should be planted where its spreading is confined by a root barrier, paving, or mowing.

You can rejuvenate this shrub by cutting it to the ground in spring.

Neutral Windy On Apr 30, 2014, Windy from Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this near the foundation of my hone. I think it might be better away from structures as it suckers easily. If you like the plant it surely will put out enough little suckers to pot up and share or place somewhere else on the property. It reminds me of Sumac trees I had in Alabama. I loved them, but put them where I could control the suckering by mowing and planted them away from foundations.

Positive tatyanabeer On Jun 5, 2011, tatyanabeer from Wasa
Canada wrote:

I live in Southeast British Columbia, Canada, and have false spirea. While beatiful and fast-growing, newbies should be aware that it is very invasive - we have a network of roots creeping three feet out, beneath the landscaping fabric, to pop suckers up. However, the suckers seem to transplant very well!

Regional...

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

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Belleville, Illinois
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Gig Harbor, Washington
Lake Forest Park, Washington



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