Spiraea cana Waldst. & Kit.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Spiraea cana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-cana/). Accessed 2020-05-30.

Genus

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entire
With an unbroken margin.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
umbel
Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Spiraea cana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-cana/). Accessed 2020-05-30.

A shrub 3 ft or more high and as much through, of dense, twiggy habit, the young shoots round and covered with a thick grey down. Leaves narrowly oval or ovate, tapering at both ends, 13 to 1 in. long, about half as wide, nearly always entire; covered on both sides, but especially beneath, with a grey silky down. Flowers dull white, 14 in. across, produced during May at the end of short leafy twigs in dense umbel-like racemes 34 to 1 in. wide.

Native of N.W. Yugoslavia, just reaching into Italy; introduced in 1825. The leaf is very like that of Salix repens in its dense grey down, not, however, so silvery. One of the least attractive of the spiraeas, but of neat habit and quite hardy; also distinct in the character of its leaves.


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