Sorbaria sorbifolia
Common Name: false spiraea 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Native Range: Central and eastern Asia
Zone: 2 to 8
Height: 5.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 5.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Erosion


Best grown in average, medium moisture, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Remove root suckers promptly to avoid unwanted spread. Prune in late winter to early spring (plants may be cut close to the ground to rejuvenate).

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sorbaria sorbifolia, called Ural false spirea, is a coarse, suckering, deciduous shrub which typically grows 5-8' tall (less frequently to 10') and as wide. Features tiny white flowers in dense, terminal, pyramidal panicles (to 10" long) in early summer. Compound, odd-pinnate, deep green foliage resembles that of mountain ash (Sorbus) to which it is related.

Genus name is derived from the genus name of a related rose family member called Sorbus (mountain ash) in probable reference to the similarity of the leaves.

Specific epithet means with leaves like the genus Sorbus.


No serious insect or disease problems. Can spread aggressively by root suckers, particularly in loose soils (less invasive in heavy clay soils).


Best in areas where it can be allowed to spread. Mass for erosion control on banks and slopes. Screens. Shrub borders.