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Exochorda giraldii

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Description

Exochorda is a genus of deciduous shrubs from China and Korea commonly known as Pearlbush. Pearlbush is grown for its attractive white flowers and good plant form. Flower buds resemble white pearls, hence the common name. Pearlbush is a tough, dependable plant that explodes with pearl-like buds and frilly petals at the first hint of spring. 

Exochorda giraldii is a deciduous tree with shrub-like form and is the alternative scientific name for Exochorda racemose. It is easy to grow in most well-drained soils, requires medium moisture and full sun to light shade. Once mature, it tolerates heat and drought. Flowers bloom on last year's growth, so prune lightly after flowering. 

This plant is listed as invasive in some states, but not currently in North Carolina.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#tree#low maintenance#flowering
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#tree#low maintenance#flowering
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Exochorda
    Species:
    giraldii
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Asia and Southeastern China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Two inch white flowers in late spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Pale green leaves; red petiole; young shoots are pinkish
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought