Exochorda serratifolia (Sawtooth Pearlbush) is a deciduous shrub native to China. It belongs to the Rosaceae family and is known for its profuse clusters of white flowers that resemble strings of pearls, hence the name "Pearlbush." Sawtooth Pearlbush is prized for its beautiful spring blooms, attractive foliage, and overall ornamental value.
Size and Appearance: Sawtooth Pearlbush typically grows to a height of 2-3 meters (6-10 feet) and has a similar spread. It has an upright, arching habit with numerous branches. The overall form is rounded and compact. The young stems have a reddish color, which adds visual interest.
Leaves: The leaves of Exochorda serratifolia are ovate to elliptical in shape and have serrated or saw-toothed edges, giving the plant its common name. The leaves are medium to dark green and create a dense foliage cover.
Flowers: The most striking feature of Sawtooth Pearlbush is its profusion of showy white flowers. The flowers are small and star-shaped, arranged in dense clusters along the branches. When in full bloom, the clusters resemble strings of pearls, hence the name "Pearlbush." The flowers appear in late spring to early summer and create a stunning display.
Fruit: After the flowers fade, Sawtooth Pearlbush produces small, inconspicuous fruit capsules that contain seeds. The fruit is not a significant ornamental feature of the plant.
Sawtooth Pearlbush prefers well-drained soil and thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is relatively low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. It is hardy and can withstand colder climates.
In landscaping, Exochorda serratifolia is often used as a specimen plant or in small groups to highlight its beautiful spring blooms. It can be incorporated into borders, mixed shrub beds, or foundation plantings. Its attractive foliage and arching habit add visual interest even when the plant is not in bloom.
Botanical Name : Exochorda serratifolia
Common Name : Sawtooth Pearlbush
Height : 6 – 8 ft
Spread : 9 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 60-90 days cold moist stratification
Hardiness zone 5-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 2250