Pearl Bush – Georamas Plant of the Week

April 23, 2017 Case NewsPlant of the Week

Common Name:  Snow Mountain Pearl Bush

Botanical Name:  Exochorda x racemosa

Although Pearl Bush has been seen in Garden Centres for a while, it has not been utilized nearly as much as other early spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia, azalea, spirea and even deutzia. Probably because early varieties of Exochorda can grow to be 12 to 15 feet tall! Newer more compact varieties such as ‘The Bride’, ‘Snow Mountain, and ‘Blizzard’ are so much smaller (topping out at about 5 feet) and will fit extremely well in our more compact urban landscapes. The flower buds swell before opening, appearing as strings of pearls along the stems. Once open the pure white flowers smother the entire shrub and remain as an awesome show throughout the month of May, looking for all the world like a late spring snow fall! Exochorda will flower best when planted in full sun, but will still perform well in partial shade. It is not too fussy about soil but seems to do best in a well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Planted in a warm sunny spot the ‘Blizzard’ of pure white flowers of the Pearl Bush can be a perfect fit for our Kootenay Gardens.

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