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What is a Vanhoutte spirea?

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The Vanhoutte spirea, or S. vanhouttei, commonly known as a bridal wreath spirea, is a flowering, deciduous shrub native to China, Canada and the United States. The Vanhoutte spirea is a hybrid cross between the Three-lobed spirea (S. trilobata) and the Reeves spirea (S. cantoniensis) developed in the 1800s.

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Vanhoutte spireas are hardy in USDA plant zones 3 to 8 and grow up to 10 feet tall with a spread of up to 20 feet. The plant blooms from late spring to midsummer, producing elegant sprays of tiny white flowers that turn the shrub nearly entirely white. These dense shrubs, which provide shelter and food for wildlife, can be used to create windbreaks or as an accent or foundation plant in landscaping.

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