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False spirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia

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If you like plants that stay in tidy, little assigned corners, this is not the plant for you. But if you have a large space to fill and love plants with attitude, this is your baby. False spireas form large masses of arching branches that are covered with green pinnate leaves. Billowy white sprays of flowers appear in mid- to late summer. Mature plants spread where you let them. There is a wide range of closely related species and selections, but there’s not much difference between them.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCan be invasive in some areas.

CareThese plants are unbelievably durable and will take just about any soil thrown in their general direction. An annual or occasional decapitation to the ground is a good idea because it helps keep the plant under control.

Propagation By cuttings or seed.

Problems No serious problems.

  • Genus : Sorbaria
  • Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. emer_henry 07/05/2017

    I'd like to correct a few points in the above article.
    1. Sorbaria sorbifolia is growing in my neighbours garden and it spreads with tubers. We have now dug roots out of our garden in excess of 15ft long.
    2. It is EXTREMELY invasive, with the roots capable of tunneling under 6" concrete and impossible to get rid of. some people have reported still pulling shoots out of their ground 6 years after they had removed ALL evidence of the plant growing in their garden. It is a nightmare plant (beautiful but a nightmare) and it has caused my neighbour and I to fall out as I have damaged my back 3 times trying to stop it taking over. My garden is no longer safe for use with roots tripping us up all over the place and the neighbour refuses to remove her plants. No problems with the plant indeed. Think twice.

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