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Exochorda 'Blizzard' PP23,329

Common Name(s):
'Blizzard' Pearlbush
Cultivar(s):
'Blizzard'
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Considered old-fashioned by some, Pearlbushes are tough, dependable plants that explode with pearl-like buds and frilly petals at the first hint of spring, giving Forsythia a good run for its money.

'Blizzard' takes Pearlbush to a new level - a tetraploid hybrid that combines E. serratifolia, E. racemosa, and E. korolkowii in its pedigree. Unlike many Pearlbushes (e.g., 'The Bride'), that can resemble a tangled cascading brush pile, 'Blizzard' has a distinct upright to rounded form with a mature height and width of 3-4 feet that makes a refined shrub or small tree. 'Blizzard' is extremely floriferous with flowers that can be twice as large as other Pearlbushes.

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Spring

Wildlife Value: Flowers are an attractive food source for those insects brave enough to face the chill of early spring days.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. This plant is listed as invasive in some states.

Height:
3-4 ft
Foliage:
Alternate and simple. Narrow, elliptic to oblong, medium green leaves (to 3 inches long). Fall color is insignificant.
Flower:
Flower buds resemble white pearls, hence the common name. Flowers bloom in spring on 6-10 flowered racemes, each flower (to 1½ inch diameter) being 5-petaled, cup-shaped and white. Flowers give way to brown dehiscent seed capsules.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. This shrub prefers acidic, organically rich loams and tolerates drought and heat once established. It flowers on old growth, so prune as needed immediately after flowering.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, rounded
Width:
3-4 ft
Tags:
showy flowers, deciduous, small tree, pollinator, wildlife, showy

NCCES plant id: 3123

'Blizzard' Pearlbush Form
'Blizzard' Pearlbush Flower