Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Ural False Spiraea
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By hczone6
Thumbnail #1 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by hczone6

By hczone6
Thumbnail #2 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by hczone6

By mike_freck
Thumbnail #3 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by mike_freck

By stormyla
Thumbnail #4 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by stormyla

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #5 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by DaylilySLP

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #6 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by DaylilySLP

By DaylilySLP
Thumbnail #7 of Sorbaria sorbifolia by DaylilySLP

There are a total of 8 photos.
Click here to view them all!


2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cellistry On Mar 16, 2015, cellistry from Portland, OR wrote:

I dug some up from a neighbor's yard last summer, and some sections had very little root 6" or less, but they have all rooted and are sprouting leaves now. They grow well in heavy clay and shade.

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!


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

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

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America