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Spiraea Hybrid, Van Houtte Spiraea

Spiraea x vanhouttei

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: x vanhouttei (van-HOOT-ee-eye) (Info)
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Clovis, California


Simi Valley, California

Woodland, California

Homosassa, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Aurora, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Des Moines, Iowa

Meservey, Iowa

Edwardsburg, Michigan

Belden, Mississippi

Byhalia, Mississippi

Hinsdale, New Hampshire

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Portland, Oregon

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Etowah, Tennessee

Harker Heights, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Tremonton, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 3, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is an old-fashioned plant that was very commonly planted at the corner foundation of old houses of the 1890's through the 1920's. It is a hybrid of two Chinese spireas: the Cantonese x the Three-lobed Spireas. It is what most think of as "the Bridalwreath." There is another species that is called the Bridalwreath Spirea, S. prunifolia also from China. A few conventional nurseries still offer the Vanhoutte, as Hinsdale Nursery that is west of Chicago, but it is not commonly sold anymore. Some similar but shorter spireas have taken its place.


On Mar 23, 2009, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I thought I bought the Double Bridal Wreath Spiraea, but the pictures of that and the Van Houttei look so much alike that I'm not sure. I planted my one-gallon shrub in the front yard about 1998, in an eastern exposure. It was doing well, but I decided I wanted the area for roses, so I dug it up and moved it to the backyard, around the year 2000. The roots were considerable, but it survived and got even larger in the backyard, where it had to deal with some hours of shade from trees (until we had them taken out for fear of having them fall and hit the house). Now (early spring 2009) I have to dig it up and move it to another spot in the front yard: I hope it makes the transition again. It is exquisite when it is in full bloom, and pleasant enough when it is not. I haven't noticed it ... read more


On Jan 30, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A lovely shrub when in full bloom but coarse afterwards. The branches are somewhat droopy when weighed down by the many rounded clusters of white flowers. Some people call this one the Bridalswreath spirea, but that plant is really a different cultivar called S. 'Arguta'. It flowers just after the real Bridalswreath fades.


On May 11, 2004, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This species is apparently a hybrid between Spiraea trilobata and Spiraea cantoniensis


On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

An "oldie but goodie" - we inherited a Bridal Wreath spiraea when we purchased this house, and its form can't be beat - very graceful, weeping shape. My only wish is that it would bloom longer.


On Aug 30, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Spirea is a durable and familiar shrub. Best growth
occurs in a sunny location and any garden soil. Spirea
grows 8 to 10 feet tall, with a spread of 10 to 12 feet.
Remove some old wood at each pruning to keep the plant
vigorous. The white flowers are produced in spring after
the leaves. The plant grows rapidly and may be used as a