04 June 2009

Mystery Shrubbery: Solved!



Can you identify this mystery shrubbery? This was already here when we moved in over five years ago and has nearly doubled in size since then. If you don't know it could you ask Roger the Shrubber? Ni!

Thanks to Nettle, Maebius, Marion and Riverwolf I have learned that this shrubbery is a spirea. It's spirea douglasii to be exact. My mom and I have been arguing back and forth about this and, after much research, we've discovered that the spirea she knew as a child is the old-fashioned, traditional white "bridal wreath" spirea introduced in 1845, which is very different from our current flashy, purply-pink variety. There is somewhere between forty and eighty varieties, from multi-sized shrubs to ground cover plants. They grow pretty much all over, according to most websites, but are evergreen in warmer places like California and the deep south.

Thanks to everyone for chiming in and helping me solve this mystery!

9 comments:

Nettle said...

That's a Spirea. They are nearly indestructible and you can prune them like mad.

Maebius said...

Nettle beat me to it. Most likely a variety of Spirea japonica.
http://www.naturehills.com/catalog/bushes_and_shrubs/spiraea_shrubs.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiraea_japonica

Marion said...

It's a Spirea, for sure...and a very lovely one!

Griffin said...

Well, that saves you making a quest to ask the mysterious knights who say 'Ni! Peng! and Nee-Wom!'... or Roger the Shrubber.

So now all you have to do is cut down the biggest tree with... a herring!

Livia Indica said...

Thanks Nettle, Maebius and Marion, I think you're right!! Thanks a heap.

Hey Griffin, somebody got it! Yay! Don't say "it"!

Riverwolf, said...

Crap, my brain is totally failing me. We used to have one of these in our yard, before we moved a few years ago. It is a spirea but I can't recall the more commonly used name. they're quite beautiful--and I've never seen one as large as the one in your photo!

Livia Indica said...

Hey Riverwolf, thanks for chiming in! I've looked up spirea and found the specific type. I will correct the original post.

Riverwolf, said...

It's Shibori spirea! It hit me last night while watching reality TV...

Livia Indica said...

Oh they're beautiful. In fact, all of the spireas are gorgeous!