Trees and shrubs

Exochorda: the pearl tree


Exochorda is one of the most spectacular flowering shrubs thanks to its abundant white spring bloom.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Exochorda x Macrantha
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Shrub
Height
: 2 to 3 m

Exposure : Sunny or partial shade
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Foliage : Expired -Flowering : April to June

Easy to grow and maintain, it is an ideal shrub in beds but also in flowering hedge or in a pot on a terrace.

Planting the Exochorda

Like most shrubs, it is best to plant the Exochorda in the fall in order to promote rooting before winter and recovery in spring.

But purchased in a cup, pot or container, you can also easily plant in spring taking care to water more during the first months, especially in summer.

  • Make sure you have a well-drained, rich and humus-rich soil for a beautiful flowering
  • The exochorda likes very sunny situations but it likes partial shade in areas with hot and dry summers
  • Avoid too windy situations to protect its flowering in spring.
  • Good mulching in summer will also allow it to withstand drought well

The exochorda mainly fears excess limestone so beware of too alkaline earth.

Multiplication of the exechorda:

You can multiply your exochorda by sowing in the fall or spring or by layering in spring and summer.

As for cuttings, it is known to be difficult and much less accessible than layering.

Pruning and caring for the Exochorda

Exochorda is a shrub that requires relatively little care and maintenance throughout the year.

Size side,

  • Remove dead wood and fragile branches in early spring
  • Wait until the end of flowering to reduce or balance the branches
  • Avoid sizes that are too severe, prefer soft sizes
  • Cut off about 1/3 the branches of the year

Watering side,

  • Exochorda tolerates drought fairly well but only if it is not in direct sunlight
  • If not, water if there is no rain extended
  • On the other hand, water your potted exochorda because it dries up much faster in a pot

Things to know about exochorda

Native to Asia, exochorda is a beautiful shrub that the English even called Pearlbush, in reference to its white flowers that evoke pearls.

At the same time decorative, floriferous and easy to maintain, the exochorda is a shrub that does not lack advantages and which gently but surely conquers the hearts of gardeners.

Exochorda is fairly resistant to drought but also to cold with a hardiness that can reach -15 °.

Smart tip about exochorda

Its growth is quite slow which makes it an ideal shrub for small gardens.


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