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Spirea 'Vanhouttei'

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Dense cascading branches smothered in white blossoms makes Vanhouttei look like a waterfall of flowers that is a jaw-dropper every spring. No pruning, little water and acceptance of most any kind of soil makes this dazzling shrub a must have in the garden. Leaves turn a brilliant yellow in autumn that offers a repeat performance of beauty. Itís landscaping perfection!

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Spirea 'Vanhouttei'

A Show of Snowy-White Blooms on Long Weeping Branches

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Every spring this shrub will amaze you with its elongated branches that are covered from top to bottom in white blooms. 

This spirea is a perfect specimen for hedges or other privacy screens. The mounding habit and weeping branches allow for good coverage... even when the hedge is dormant in the winter. 

The small white blooms clump together to form large masses along the entire length of each branch in the spring... it looks as if a small explosion of white flowers came from the center of this shrub. 

In the summer months, the dark green foliage adds another accent to your home garden. And then when you think the last bit of color has been squeezed out, fall comes around and the entire shrub turns to golden yellow. 

Plant in rows spaced 3 feet apart for a full screen, or space farther for a great accent plant along driveways & property borders. 

Spirea is naturally drought tolerant and takes well to any soil condition. Plant in the full sun, and spirea will reward you with a carpet of white in the spring. 

We recommend that you do not prune this shrub... as the weeping branches will have a much greater appeal than pruned ones. But, for those who have to keep their hedges tidy, spirea will always bloom no matter when you cut. 

Your Spirea comes with a well-developed root system that is ready to explode with blooms. We grow ours up to a year longer than our competitors, so you don't have to wait. Order now while these large sizes are available.







Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 6-8 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Spirea x vanhouttei
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Spirea 'Vanhouttei'

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Spirea 'Vanhouttei'.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Spirea 'Vanhouttei' gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Spirea 'Vanhouttei' again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I bought five of these. The two that consistently get more water are growing faster, but all are doing well so far. As this is the first year with them, I didn't see many flowers, but they seem to be growing fine, and I'm sure they will flower well in coming years
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Spirea 'Vanhouttei' can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.