Pearl Bush Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime = 'Kolmasprit'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pearlbush [Magical Springtime]


The Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime, more commonly referred to as the Pearl Bush, is a deciduous shrub that is noted for its enchanting display. This shrub possesses a graceful, arching growth habit that adds a touch of elegance to any garden setting. When it comes to foliage, the leaves are a bright green color, oval-shaped, and come to a delicate point at the end, providing a lush backdrop throughout the growing season. One of the most captivating features of the Pearl Bush is its abundant floral display. In spring, the plant becomes a focus of admiration, with its branches becoming heavily laden with clusters of white flowers. These flowers have a rounded, pearl-like appearance as they begin to bud, giving the plant its common name. As they fully blossom, the petals open up into star-shaped flowers that are a striking contrast to the green foliage. The overall appearance of the Pearl Bush during its peak blooming period is that of a shower of white stars cascading down its arching branches. The visual impact is quite dramatic and makes it a favorite among gardeners who desire a plant that offers a showy spring display. The graceful form and magnificent flowering of the Pearl Bush make it a splendid addition to mixed borders, as a standalone specimen, or even when planted in groups to create a hedge with seasonal interest.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pearlbush, Springtime Pearlbush

    • Common names

      Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime = 'Kolmasprit'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The most common common name for Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime = 'Kolmasprit' is Pearlbush. Pearlbush is generally considered non-toxic to humans, and there is no widespread evidence or reports of poisoning or serious side effects from ingesting any part of the plant. However, as with many ornamental plants, caution is advised, as individual sensitivities can vary, and it is always best to avoid ingesting any part of a plant not known to be safe for consumption.

    • To pets

      For the plant Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime = 'Kolmasprit', commonly known as Pearlbush, there is no well-documented toxicity to pets such as dogs and cats. This plant is not known to contain any toxic principles that would cause poisoning upon ingestion. However, it is always advisable to prevent pets from consuming plant material, as individual animals may react differently, and there can be a risk of gastrointestinal upset or allergic reaction from ingesting non-food plants. If any abnormal signs are observed after a pet has ingested part of the Pearlbush, it would be prudent to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental appeal: Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime has abundant white blooms that provide a stunning display in spring, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Low maintenance: It is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought tolerance: After establishment, this plant exhibits good drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Wildlife attraction: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees, which are essential for the health of the garden and local ecosystems.
    • Seasonal interest: With its springtime blooms and attractive foliage, it adds seasonal interest to the garden, bridging the gap between early spring bulbs and summer-flowering plants.
    • Hardiness: The plant is hardy in a variety of climates, making it a versatile choice for different garden zones.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime can be used as a natural dye source for textiles, imparting a range of subtle hues depending on the mordant used.
    • The woody stems of the pearl bush can be crafted into small decorative items or used in rustic floral arrangements once they're dried and treated.
    • Its flexible branches may be used in basket weaving or as natural ties in gardening applications, though they may not be as strong as other traditional materials.
    • During blooming season, the flowers can serve as a delicate source of nectar for domesticated bees in beekeeping ventures.
    • The dense growth habit can be utilized in sound barrier plantings, helping to reduce noise pollution in residential areas.
    • The plant's aesthetic qualities make it suitable for use in photography and painting, often serving as an inspiring subject for artists.
    • Fallen petals of the pearl bush can be collected and used in potpourri mixes, providing a light, spring-like fragrance to rooms.
    • Dried branches and flowers could be used as educational tools in botany classes to study the plant's structure and reproductive system.
    • The plant can be incorporated into habitat gardens, providing shelter and possible food sources for small wildlife and beneficial insects.
    • Its seasonal changes, from bare branches to full bloom, make it an ideal plant for studying phenology, the seasonal rhythms of plants and animals.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Pearl Bush is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Pearl Bush is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Renewal - Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime, commonly known as Pearl Bush, typically blooms in spring, symbolizing the renewal and rebirth that comes with the season.
    • Purity - The Pearl Bush's white flowers are often associated with purity and innocence, similar to pearls which are also symbols of purity.
    • Beauty - Pearl Bush is admired for its stunning floral displays, making it a symbol of natural beauty and grace.
    • New Beginnings - As a plant that flowers in the early spring, it represents new beginnings and fresh starts.
    • Hope - The bright blossoms of the Pearl Bush after a long winter act as a symbol of hope and the promise of the coming warmth and abundance of spring.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Pearl Bush 'Magical Springtime' prefers evenly moist soil, especially during the growing season. It should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 2 gallons of water per watering session, depending on the size of the plant and the soil moisture levels. During hot spells or drought, increase watering frequency to twice a week to ensure the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. During the winter, reduce watering to every other week or less, as the plant requires less moisture when dormant.

  • sunLight

    The Pearl Bush 'Magical Springtime' thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal location offers morning sunlight with some afternoon shade or dappled sunlight throughout the day. Too much shade can result in fewer flowers and a less compact growth habit, while too much harsh sun can stress the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Pearl Bush 'Magical Springtime' is hardy and can withstand winter temperatures as low as -20°F but prefers to grow in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F. Avoid exposing the plant to direct frost and ensure that it is planted in a location protected from harsh winter winds to prevent damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Pearl Bush 'Magical Springtime' immediately after flowering to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Cutting back the spent flower clusters promotes the growth of new shoots, which can increase the next season's blossoms. Pruning is typically done once a year, late spring or early summer, right after the plant finishes blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pearl Bush ('Kolmasprit') thrives in well-draining, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A loamy soil enriched with compost or well-rotted manure is ideal. Ensure adequate drainage to prevent root rot. Mulching helps maintain soil moisture and temperature.

  • plantRepotting

    Pearl Bush ('Kolmasprit') is usually grown in-ground and does not require frequent repotting. If grown in containers, repot every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and allow for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pearl Bush ('Kolmasprit') is adaptable to a wide range of humidity conditions. It grows well in average outdoor humidity levels and does not require specific humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and room to grow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to part shade, fertile well-drained soil, moderate water.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime, commonly known as the Pearl Bush 'Magical Springtime', begins its life cycle with seed germination in a suitable environment, typically requiring well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. The seedling undergoes vigorous growth throughout the spring and summer, developing a strong root system and foliage. The plant enters a vegetative stage where it focuses on leaf production and branching to establish a robust framework for future flowering. Flowering occurs in spring, typically in April or May, when the plant produces an abundance of white, pearl-like buds that blossom into five-petaled flowers, attracting pollinators. After pollination, the flowers produce fruit in the form of dry capsules containing seeds, which mature and are released to begin a new generation. The Pearl Bush enters dormancy in winter, conserving energy to repeat the cycle the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • Propogation: Exochorda racemosa Magical Springtime, commonly known as 'Pearl Bush', is most often propagated through softwood cuttings in the late spring to early summer. This process involves cutting a 4 to 6-inch (10 to 15 cm) length of stem that has new growth but is not yet mature. The cut is made just below a leaf node, and the lower leaves are removed. The cut end is then dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and planted in a well-draining soil mix. To maintain humidity around the cutting, a plastic cover or propagator can be used, and the cutting should be kept at a temperature around 70°F (21°C). Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new plant can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before being transplanted to its final location.