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Common Pearlbush
Exochorda racemosa

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Exochorda (ek-so-KOR-duh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)





8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Auburn, Alabama

Opelika, Alabama

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Golden, Mississippi

Tyler, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 21, 2012, hymenocallis from Auburn, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I acquired this bush from a dear lady who has died and she assured me I would like it if I grew it and she was right. Echo the above comment that it only blooms early in the spring and is just a large shrub for the rest of the time but when it flowers it is magnificent. If you can find the shrub by all means grow it.


On Nov 22, 2008, leeflea51 from Golden, MS (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm torn between positive and neutral because for all but about 2-3 weeks out of the year it is either in leaf or leafless during the Winter but when it blooms in the Spring, it is a lovely sight. I only feed it once a year and that is right after is has finished blooming then I feed it with Miracle-grow at 1 TBSP per gallon of water and only water it when it hasn't rained in a couple weeks, otherwise it is quite tolerant of cold, heat,and drought. I have found that mine has no insect problems and the hummingbirds are attracted to it.