Exochorda giraldii (also called Pearlbush)
giraldii var. wilsonii
Hardy deciduous flowering shrub, with arching branches, bearing masses of white flowers in spring. This shrub is easy to grow and brings welcome brightness when it flowers in spring.
Flowers in spring, green foliage from spring to late autumn.
Habit - arching, slightly lax. H&S: 3m.
Stem - slender, smooth, woody. The young growth shows some pinkish tinges.
Leaves - mid-green with pinkish tinges on young leaves, simple, oval, pale veins and pink tinged petioles. Up to 8cm long.
Flowers - borne in late spring, open, 5 petals, bright white, up to 5cm across, with clearly visible yellow stamens.
Full sun to partial shade.
Well drained, moisture retentive, prefers a deep, non-chalky soil.
Cut back to strong buds after flowering. On established plants, cut back about a third of the older stems to promote new growth.
Generally free from pests and diseases.
By softwood cuttings in summer or seed sown in spring or autumn.
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