Ural False Spiraea 'Sem'

Sorbaria sorbifolia

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:





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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Belleville, Illinois

Frankfort, Illinois

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

South Jordan, Utah

Gig Harbor, Washington

Lake Forest Park, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2017, mrs_flowers from london,
United Kingdom wrote:

I grow it in my garden in London and have found it to be well-behaved. The shrub which is about 4' tall has not made suckers anywhere in the last 4 years that I've had it. The foliage colour is beautiful from chartreuse through yelllow to green to beautiful pink.
I love it. Trying to propagate it.


On Apr 28, 2017, newlifnursery from Granite Falls, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Please correct the patent information on this plant. Patent number PP16,336


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.


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.


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.


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!