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Ash Leaf Falsespirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia

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Ash Leaf Falsespirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) at Bachman's Landscaping

Ash Leaf Falsespirea flowers

Ash Leaf Falsespirea flowers

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Ash Leaf Falsespirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) at Bachman's Landscaping

Ash Leaf Falsespirea

Ash Leaf Falsespirea

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Ural False Spirea, Ash Leaf Spirea


A showy and very hardy medium-sized shrub with upright panicles of frothy white flowers throughout summer and ferny foliage; suckers profusely and spreads into masses, use where this is desirable, for example as a tall groundcover or filler

Ornamental Features

Ash Leaf Falsespirea 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 color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ash Leaf Falsespirea 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 Falsespirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Ash Leaf Falsespirea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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