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Baby's breath spirea is a graceful and wispy little shrub with a very fine texture - even by spirea standards. The slender wiry branches arch outward and nod downward, forming a twiggy, multistemmed mound 5-6ft (1.5-1.8 m) tall and about as wide. The semideciduous pale green leaves are thin and wispy, too; they are almost linear, a little more than 1 in (2.5 cm) long and 1/4 in (0.6 cm) wide, with a few coarse teeth along the margins. The dainty pure white five-petaled flowers are borne singly or in clusters of two or three along the stems. They are about a 1/3 in (0.8 cm) across and appear before the new leaves in late winter or early spring, often covering the whole shrub.
Baby's breath spirea is native to China and Japan. It is a popular landscape shrub in Japan and the southeastern U.S.
Growing on a wooded drive near an old church - Looked naturalized or "escaped" but is possibly remnant of old landscaping
Spotted on Mar 4, 2013
Submitted on Mar 5, 2013