Exochorda serratifolia

1 Jun

Exochorda serratifolia (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Exochorda serratifolia (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Family: Rosaceae

Exochorda serratifolia is a deciduous shrub with a vase/ upright habit. Its mid green leaves are elliptic with entire margins, up to 9cm long and 5cm broad. Its white flowers are up to 4cm across and borne in racemes. Its fruit are capsules.

Exochorda serratifolia Flower (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Exochorda serratifolia Flower (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Exochorda serratifolia, commonly known as Pearbush, is native to Korea and south east China. In its native habitat it grows on scrubby slopes.

The etymological root of the binomial name Exochorda is derived from the Latin meaning ‘outside chord’, in reference to its flower structure. Serratifolia is derived from the Latin serratus meaning ‘saw’ and folius meaning ‘leaf”.

The landscape architect may find Exochorda serratifolia useful as an attractive spring flowering specimen shrub or hedging species suitable for a shady location. Once established this shrub is drought tollerant.

Exochorda serratifolia Leaf (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Exochorda serratifolia Leaf (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical garden, Kyoto, Japan)

Ecologically,  Exochorda serratifolia racemosa flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Exochorda serratifolia prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Exochorda serratifolia requires little maintenance. Necessary pruning should be carried out after flowering.
 
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