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 Sorbaria subsp. var.  
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Lifespan: perennial
Features: deciduous
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Sorbaria is a genus of around 9 species of flowering plants belong to family Rosaceae.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sorbaria (derived from Sorbus: the leaves resemble those of the mountain-ash). Svn., Basilima. Rosaceae. Ornamental woody plants chiefly grown for their large panicles of white flowers and the handsome pinnate foliage.

Deciduous shrubs: lvs. alternate, odd-pinnate, with serrate lfts., stipulate: fls. in terminal panicles; sepals and petals 5; stamens 20-50: carpels 5, opposite to the calyx-lobes, partly connate, dehiscent at the ventral suture, with several seeds.—Eight species in E. Asia. Formerly usually united with Spiraea but easily distinguished by the stipulate, pinnate lvs. and the 5 carpels being opposite to the sepals.

The sorbarias are very handsome upright shrubs with rather large bright green pinnate leaves and small white flowers in large and showy panicles appearing in summer and followed by small capsular fruits; the panicles, however, after the flowers have faded and dried up, become rather unsightly and should be removed. S. sorbifolia is hardy North and S. stellipila, S. assurgens, and S. arborea have proved hardy at least as far north as Massachusetts, while S. Aitchisonii is somewhat tenderer and S. Lindleyana still more so. They are well adapted for borders of shrubberies and woods or for planting on banks of brooks or rivers, but should not be brought together with slow-growing and delicate shrubs, as they spread in suitable soil rather rapidly by means of suckers and are likely to overcrowd other plants. The handsome bright green foliage appears very early in spring. They are all much alike in habit, but flower at different times from June to September, beginning with S. sorbifolia, followed in order by S. stellipila. S. assurgens, S. arborea, and S. Aitchisonii which usually continues flowering until September. They grow best in a somewhat moist and rich soil and thrive also in partly shaded situations. Propagation is by hardwood cuttings; also by root-cuttings, suckers, and seeds, like spirea.

S. grandiflora, Maxim. (Spiraea grandiflora. Sweet. Spiraea sorbifolia alpina, Pallas). Allied to S. sorbifolia. One to 3 ft. high: lvs. glabrous: panicles 3-5 in. long; fls. 1/2 in. across. S. Siberia. —S. Kirilowii, Maxim. (Spiraea Kirilowii, Regel). Allied to S. sorbifolia. Shrub, 5-10 ft.: lfts. 12-19, glabrous: panicle broadly pyramidal; stamens as long as corolla: fr. with the style much below the apex. N. China. –S. Millefolium, Focke – Chamaebatiaria Millefolium. CH

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