Ash Leaf False Spirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia

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Ash Leaf False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Ash Leaf False Spirea flowers

Ash Leaf False Spirea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Ash Leaf False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Ash Leaf False Spirea

Ash Leaf False Spirea

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a


Dense fern-like green foliage with large plumes of creamy-white flowers in June. Adds a tropical look to the landscape. Great for difficult spots, mass plantings and stabilizing slopes where spreading is desirable. Adaptable to any soil conditions.

Ornamental Features

Ash Leaf False Spirea features airy plumes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. It has dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pinnately compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ash Leaf False Spirea is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Ash Leaf False Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Ash Leaf False Spirea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Ornamental Features