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Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'

Common Name(s):

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ek-so-KOR-da ma-KRANTH-a.
Description

Exochorda x macrantha, or 'The Bride' Pearlbush, is a cultivar of the Exochorda genus that shares the positive traits of heat and drought tolerance, showy spring flowers, dependability and toughness with its parent, but is more compact at about 4 feet and retains a good shape and habit as it matures. It is an excellent spring-flowering shrub for small gardens.

It is a dense and compact, upright, deciduous shrub with arching branches that is as broad as it is high. The pearl-like flower buds in early spring are followed by an abundant late spring bloom of masses of one to two-inch bridal-white flowers (hence the common name).

It is easy to grow in sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained, acidic soil, although it does well in more average soil. Best flowering occurs in full sun. It blooms on previous years' growth so pruning should be done immediately after flowering is over.

The plant is most suitable for borders, hedges or foundation plantings and sited in a location where it is protected from late spring frosts.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems have been reported.

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#cultivars#arching#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#spring flowers#hedges#foundation planting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Exochorda
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Asia and Southeastern China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Star-shaped green fruits mature to brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1.5-inch abundant white flowers appear in racemes along the stems in mid-spring. Buds are pearl-shaped.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval medium green leaves are 2 inches long. No significant fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Arching green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat