False (Ash Leaf) Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia)

False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) (138054 bytes) False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub growing 5-8 feet in height and spreading just as wide. It will sucker in loose soil, much less in clay soils. Best grown in well-drained soils in full sun and requires moderate moisture. Has no known serious disease or pest problems and should be pruned in late winter to early spring. False spirea can be cut back near the ground for rejuvenation. Hardy to zone 2. Needs full sun.


false spirea foliage (7099 bytes) false spirea fall foliage (10223 bytes) Foliage: Compound, odd, pinnate, dark green foliage resembles that of mountain ash (Sorbus) or sumac. Good gold color in fall.
False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) flowers (116396 bytes) Bloom is in dense panicles of small white flowers appearing in June and July.
false spirea, seedheads (35036 bytes) Seeds are dehiscent follicles in terminal panicles.


false spirea bark (7170 bytes) Bark is light greenish brown and not ornamental.


Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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