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.
Foliage: Compound, odd, pinnate, dark green foliage
resembles that of mountain ash (Sorbus) or sumac. Good gold color in fall.
Bloom is in dense panicles of small white flowers
appearing in June and July.
Seeds are dehiscent follicles in terminal panicles.