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Exochorda racemosa

Common Name(s):
Common pearlbush, Pearlbush
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

This spring-flowering shrub is heat and drought tolerant. This is a dependable, tough plant that leafs out early. It can be severely pruned to rejuvenate, preferably after blooming because it blooms on old wood.  It has been reported to be invasive in some states.  Consider this plant for borders, hedges or foundation plantings.

Seasons of Interest: 

     Bloom: Spring (April), showy

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

Height:
10-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, medium green leaves; 1-3 in. long; serrated above the middle; no significant fall color
Flower:
1.5 in. white flowers borne on 3-5 in. raceme in early spring. It flowers on previous season's growth so consider this when pruning. Flowers give way to brown dehiscent seed capsules.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers well-drained, acidic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, loose irregular to rounded shrub; slender branches; becomes unkempt with age
Width:
10-15 ft.
Tags:
heat tolerant, showy flowers, deciduous, low maintenance, drought tolerant, hedge, foundation planting, boarder

NCCES plant id: 1553

Exochorda racemosa Exochorda racemosa
Photo by Tanaka Juuyoh, CC BY - 2.0
Exochorda racemosa Exochorda racemosa flower detail
Photo by Christine Riggle, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0