Exochorda racemosa (Common Pearlbush) is a deciduous shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. Native to China, it is appreciated for its abundant clusters of white flowers and its ornamental value. Common Pearlbush is widely cultivated for its attractive blooms and ability to thrive in a variety of growing conditions.
Size and Appearance: Common Pearlbush typically grows to a height of 2-3 meters (6-10 feet) with a similar spread. It has a dense, rounded habit with arching branches. The overall form is compact and bushy.
Leaves: The leaves of Exochorda racemosa are ovate to elliptical in shape, medium green in color, and have serrated or toothed edges. The foliage creates a lush backdrop for the profusion of flowers.
Flowers: The most notable feature of Common Pearlbush is its clusters of showy white flowers. The flowers are small, with five petals, and are densely arranged along the branches in racemes. They typically bloom in late spring to early summer, creating a stunning display of white blossoms.
Fruit: After the flowers fade, Common Pearlbush develops small, rounded fruit capsules that contain seeds. However, the fruit is not particularly showy or ornamental.
Common Pearlbush is adaptable to a range of growing conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. It is relatively low-maintenance and can withstand colder climates.
In landscaping, Exochorda racemosa is often used as a specimen plant or in mixed borders to showcase its abundant blooms. It can also be planted in groups or used as a backdrop for other flowering shrubs. Its early spring flowering and attractive foliage add visual interest to garden landscapes.
Pruning may be necessary to maintain the shape and remove any dead or damaged branches. Regular watering and proper soil drainage will contribute to the overall health and growth of the plant.
Botanical Name : Exochorda racemosa
Common Name : Common Pearlbush
Height : 12 ft
Spread : 10 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 30-60 days cold stratification
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 563