late May through June
5 to 7 ft.
6 to 8 ft.
parent plants native to Asia
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Van Houtte spirea is a shrub with upright, arching branches. Its claim to fame occurs in late spring, when its branches are covered with clusters of single snowy white flowers. The white flowers seem especially bright against the small, dark green, oblong leaves. The leaves turn a pretty gold and red color in the fall.
This is an easy-to-grow shrub provided it is watered regularly.
There is one Van Houtte spirea growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It is virtually maintenance-free, except for the occasional pruning to keep the branches off the ground. It is a good choice for a moderate water area.
Prune to remove dead wood or to shape as desired.