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Snow Wreath

Neviusia alabamensis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Neviusia (nev-ee-YEW-see-a) (Info)
Species: alabamensis (al-uh-bam-EN-sis) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Anniston, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama

Morrilton, Arkansas

Lisle, Illinois

Frankfort, Kentucky

Ashland, Missouri

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 12, 2018, lower_Ashland from Ashland, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Over 20+ years my 3 original plants have slowly expanded into a drift 35' in width overlooking my creek. During that time exposure changed from part sun to dense shade and the plants have remained healthy and vigorous. They are quite attractive in bloom, reminding me somewhat of Fothergilla . Easily controlled and not thuggish nonetheless they have outcompeted everything in their general vicinity except squirrel-planted red buckeyes. I consider this one of the most useful of native plants for naturalizing and have nothing but positive things to say about it. Should be more widely known.


On Jan 17, 2018, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

So far until now, I've only seen one plant in a 3 gallon pot being sold by the Delaware Native Plant Society in northern Delaware in April of 2014. On page 295 of The Living Landscape by Darke & Tallamy there are two good photos of this pretty shrub, plants in a line about 6 feet high, in white bloom in Rick Darke's southeast Pennsylvania yard that he uses as a deer-proofing shrub barrier and as a woody plant cut flower. The genus was named after Ruben Denton Nevius of Alabama who discovered it for botany there in 1857. In the wild there are just a few small areas and spots in the South were it is surviving as northern Alabama, central Arkansas, southern Tennessee and such. Morton Arboretum in northeast Illinois has some specimens that I'll try to photo later this year or somewhere else.


On Jun 16, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A beautiful shrub when in flower, much like a white spiraea. Among the first spring-blooming shrubs to bloom here in Boston Z6a. Easy and adaptable in cultivation.

Rare throughout its native range. Extirpated in MO, threatened in GA, TN, and AR. Present but rare in AL and MS. (BONAP)


On Dec 30, 2015, BamaJoe from Decatur, AL wrote:


I believe your information is incorrect. It is Neviusia cliftonii, Mount Shasta Snow Wreath. Native for cliftonii is only the Mount Shasta region of California.

The Neviusia alabamensis was only native as far west as Missouri and Arkansas. I am unable to find any information regarding if it is used by butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. and will be planting mine in the new designated hummerfly section out back. Very interested to see what happens.


On Jul 13, 2013, jmarple from Frankfort, KY wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun to part shade, and blooms well either way. It expands slowly from runners that sprout near base of the main plant. I like them best without any pruning, just natural mound specimen. It grows well in average soil, and transplants easily.

This plant is endangered in its limited natural range.


On Mar 3, 2007, passiflora_pink from Central, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful shrub that blooms in partial shade. Blooms appear in March in my zone (7b).


On Jul 31, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Transplants easily. Prefers well-drained, moist soil. Prune after flowering. Native to Southwestern US.