Bridal Wreath Spirea - Spiraea Prunifolia
Bridal Wreath Spirea is one of the most beautiful shrubs to bloom soon after green grass and flowering bulbs herald the arrival of spring. The gracefully arched branches support an abundance of blooms that are typically white, but some varieties of the shrub produce pink, yellow or red flowers. Bridal Wreath has long been a popular landscape feature since it is low maintenance and winter hardy throughout zone 4. The masses of white flowers adorning the most common Bridal Wreath make the graceful branches a popular addition to bridal bouquets.
The traditional Bridal Wreath Spirea grows at a relatively fast rate to a mature height of 7 to 9 feet and a width up to 10 feet at maturity. Smaller varieties of Bridal Wreath have been developed with some being as small as 2 feet high. While the shrub prefers a sunny location, it will also thrive in part shade with six or more hours of sunlight per day. It should be noted that a sunny location will produce the best spring flowers, but an impressive display of blooms will still appear with less favorable growing conditions.
Most homeowners prefer low maintenance plantings in their landscape, and Bridal Wreath does not require annual pruning to thrive. If pruning is desired, the best time is immediately after the flowers fade. Pruning will result in a more compact shrub once it has reached the maximum size for the space allowed. The shrub should be fertilized early in spring before any new growth appears and also benefits from annual mulching. Fertilizer should be followed by weekly deep watering, but care should be taken to avoid over-watering since the shrub cannot survive in wet soil.
Bridal Wreath Spirea can be purchased at most garden centers and can be planted in either the spring or fall. Many people have also had success purchasing spirea shrubs online since the plant is very adaptable.