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Willow-leaved Bridewort

Spiraea pseudosalicifolia

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Compact rosy-pink spike, each flower having 5 petals.
The flowers turn brown and develop into many seeded dry fruit.
Deciduous shrub. The leaves are alternate, narrow, oval, slightly toothed, blunt-tipped and slightly hairy.
Other Names:
Confused Bridewort.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Spiraea pseudosalicifolia is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, native to China and Korea. It is an ornamental shrub that grows to about 3 meters in height and has narrow, pointed leaves and clusters of small, white flowers. It is often grown in gardens and parks for its attractive appearance and ease of care. It is hardy and adaptable, and can tolerate a variety of soil types and growing conditions.


Willow-leaved Bridewort, Spiraea pseudosalicifolia, is a deciduous shrub native to the mountains of Japan. It is known for its delicate, willow-like leaves and clusters of white or pink flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. The plant grows to a height of 2-3 meters and has a spread of 1-2 meters, making it a great choice for garden borders and mixed shrub beds.

One of the best features of this plant is its ease of care. It is hardy and tolerant of a wide range of soil types and conditions, as long as it is well-drained. It is also very adaptable to different climates, thriving in both full sun and partial shade. In terms of maintenance, it requires minimal pruning and is generally pest and disease-free.

Another great aspect of the Willow-leaved Bridewort is its ornamental value. The delicate leaves are a beautiful pale green and the flowers are delicate and abundant. They are a popular choice for cut flower arrangements, and the plant is often used to add interest to borders, or as a specimen plant in a mixed shrub bed.

The plant is also easy to propagate and can be grown from cuttings, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to expand their collection. Additionally, the Willow-leaved Bridewort is a great option for attracting wildlife to the garden, as the flowers are a source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.

In addition to its ornamental value, the Willow-leaved Bridewort also has some traditional medicinal uses. In Japanese folk medicine, it has been used as a treatment for various ailments such as indigestion and skin conditions. The plant contains compounds such as tannins and flavonoids, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, it is important to note that these uses have not been extensively studied by modern medicine and the plant should not be used as a substitute for conventional treatments.

When it comes to planting the Willow-leaved Bridewort, it is best to choose a location that offers well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. The plant is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of soils, but it prefers a neutral to slightly acidic soil pH. It is also important to water the plant regularly, especially during dry periods, to ensure healthy growth and flower production.

In terms of maintenance, the Willow-leaved Bridewort is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal pruning. It may be necessary to cut back the plant after flowering to promote healthy growth, but this is not a necessary step. The plant is also relatively pest and disease-free, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to enjoy the beauty of their plants without having to worry about frequent maintenance.

In conclusion, the Willow-leaved Bridewort is a beautiful and versatile shrub that is well-suited to a wide range of garden styles and conditions. Its delicate beauty and ease of care make it a popular choice for gardeners, and its ability to attract wildlife and its potential medicinal uses only add to its appeal. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, the Willow-leaved Bridewort is a great option to consider.

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