Common Names: double bridal wreath, double Reeves, Reeves meadowsweet.
Spiraea cantoniensis (spy-REE-uh kan-toe-nee-EN-sis)
The Reeves Spirea is described on the Floridata website:
The leaves are about 2 in (5.1 cm) long, dark green on top, pale blue green beneath, and diamond shaped with toothed margins. The small roselike flowers (0.5 in in diameter) have five (or many) white petals and are borne in round clusters about 2 in (5.1 cm) across and are profusely distributed all over the bush.
….If it is necessary to prune (and that’s a pity!), do so right after flowering, before the next year’s flower buds develop.
Our Bridal Wreath bloomed slightly last fall (see the article here.) but is again in full bloom this spring. We have several but here is a sample of what the bush looks like:
And here is a photo of the blooms in close-up:
Here is a photo of our Reeves Spirea in bloom during April:
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Generally, the blooms are gone by the end of April.