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Sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ PP# 16,336

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Common name: Ural False Spirea

A small, compact growing shrub with terrific, colorful, young growth in spring and early summer.

Perfect size for every garden
Growing only to about 3‘ – 4‘ tall by about the same width, Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is a perfect size for every garden. Its natural, compact, rounded habit means that it fits easily in almost every situation.

Long period of easy to look after color
From the moment the first buds open in early spring until the leaves turn yellow in autumn, Sorbaria ‘Sem’ will be gracing your garden scene, providing an extraordinary long period of ever changing color. What's more, it does all this without much need for care and attention. Aside from its initial planting and after care, once established it really does not need much else to succeed. That being said, let me quickly add that obviously something this good should still get plenty of TLC, for with extra care comes better performance. But in these busy times, when every minute is precious, isn't it great to have something that doesn't need mollycoddling and fussing over? Among its many attributes, we have noticed that it is not prone to any major pests or diseases, it is tolerant of wind and unseasonal conditions (marvelous in a new site or a windy, open location), and does not need annual pruning or tiresome staking.

Perfect for Every Garden

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ PP# 16,336 is an exciting new form of the Ural False Spirea that puts on a spectacular show of vividly colored growth in spring and early summer. The fern-like leaves unfurl with glorious shades of bright pinkish-red that lasts for weeks and weeks. Then, as summer beckons, the color gradually changes to harmonious shades of soft lime and chartreuse-green accented with tints of bronze-red on the young tips. In midsummer, it produces another burst of interest when the textured leaves turn completely green and form a wonderful background for the creamy white plumes of spirea-like flowers that pop up above the foliage.

Very Hardy and easy to grow
Sorbaria ‘Sem’
is very hardy – a Zone 2 plant – and remarkably accommodating and easy to grow. It is descended from a species (Sorbaria sorbifolia) that grows in very cold, inhospitable places like the Ural Mountains in Russia and Kazahstan, and even as far north as western Siberia. With a hardy pedigree like this, our comparably "balmy" winters will not bother it in the slightest.

Best Effect

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is versatile and simply superb in all sorts of places. It is marvelous in mixed beds and borders, raised beds, or foundation plantings. It will give an early burst of color and structure to perennial beds, and the textured (bamboo-like) appearance makes it a natural choice for oriental, rock, and gravel gardens. We have found that it is especially good in lightly shaded, woodland settings. It blends wonderfully with the colorful foliage of Japanese Maples, Purple Nine Bark, and many other colored foliaged shrubs and trees. On larger sites, where space allows, think about planting it in bold, informal groupings; the sweeps of glowing mounds of color will be really spectacular.

In smaller places, the neat, compact habit makes it ideal for use as a low hedge, edger, or as a “dot” or accent plant. It will make a stunning addition to annual or perennials beds. Since it is so hardy and adaptable, it shows real promise as an all-year-round container plant, roof garden, and balcony subject, too. It looks great in decorative pots, window boxes, troughs, barrels, virtually any type of pot and container. Even if you don't have a regular patch of soil, you can still enjoy growing it.

Although we ideally suggest you place it in a partly shaded location, don't let a lack of shade put you off from growing it. With adequate and consistent moisture present at its roots in summer, we have been impressed by how well its stands up to sunny conditions. We have found that it does exceptionally well with plenty of organic matter added to the planting site, good mulch, and regular supplemental watering. There is "no hard and fast rule," so you could even try it in shadier conditions too. However, in lower light levels, expect to find the colors to be a bit muted, the height a little taller, and the growth more open and loose. If the ideal location is not available, don't pass it by, because it is so adaptable and accommodating that we think you will find that it can work almost anywhere for you. And, it is fun to try and compare it in a variety of locations.

Sorbaria ‘SEM’ PP# 16,336

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Flower Color: White shades

Foliage Color: Pinkish-red shades, changing to soft lime with bronze-red tips

Sun Tolerance: Partial Shade preferred

Preferred Soil Type: Well-drained, moisture retentive (humus enriched), and reasonably fertile soil

USDA Plant Hardiness: Zone 2

Plant Height: 3–4’

Plant Spread: 3–4’

The Planting and Growing Recipe

Sorbaria 'Sem'

All that Sorbaria ‘Sem’ needs is a partially shaded site in average soil that has reasonably good drainage. You will find that it will be resilient, durable, and extremely easy to grow. However, like most things, investing in a little extra care at the start is well worth the effort. We recommend following the planting instructions on our tags, mixing in extra organic material at planting, and watering well until the roots are established in the new location. It is also a good idea to apply a mulch to conserve moisture during extended dry spells; continue periodic watering until it is firmly established.

Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is another fine example of our Garden Splendor® brand of plants. It is truly a low maintenance plant with high value performance and offers the best of the world's finest selections.

Sorbaria ‘Sem’ – From overwintering to Spring

David Wilson shares some great insights on Sorbaria ‘Sem’. We know it's a great plant for the garden, but as David shows us, it is also perfect for container gardening, which opens up other possible uses, such as rooftops, gardens, patio decks, and more. See for yourself!



Plant Features

Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ PP# 16,336

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Common name: Ural False Spirea

A small, compact growing shrub with terrific, colorful, young growth in spring and early summer.

Perfect size for every garden
Growing only to about 3‘ – 4‘ tall by about the same width, Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is a perfect size for every garden. Its natural, compact, rounded habit means that it fits easily in almost every situation.

Long period of easy to look after color
From the moment the first buds open in early spring until the leaves turn yellow in autumn, Sorbaria ‘Sem’ will be gracing your garden scene, providing an extraordinary long period of ever changing color. What's more, it does all this without much need for care and attention. Aside from its initial planting and after care, once established it really does not need much else to succeed. That being said, let me quickly add that obviously something this good should still get plenty of TLC, for with extra care comes better performance. But in these busy times, when every minute is precious, isn't it great to have something that doesn't need mollycoddling and fussing over? Among its many attributes, we have noticed that it is not prone to any major pests or diseases, it is tolerant of wind and unseasonal conditions (marvelous in a new site or a windy, open location), and does not need annual pruning or tiresome staking.


Plant Description

Perfect for Every Garden

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ PP# 16,336 is an exciting new form of the Ural False Spirea that puts on a spectacular show of vividly colored growth in spring and early summer. The fern-like leaves unfurl with glorious shades of bright pinkish-red that lasts for weeks and weeks. Then, as summer beckons, the color gradually changes to harmonious shades of soft lime and chartreuse-green accented with tints of bronze-red on the young tips. In midsummer, it produces another burst of interest when the textured leaves turn completely green and form a wonderful background for the creamy white plumes of spirea-like flowers that pop up above the foliage.

Very Hardy and easy to grow
Sorbaria ‘Sem’
is very hardy – a Zone 2 plant – and remarkably accommodating and easy to grow. It is descended from a species (Sorbaria sorbifolia) that grows in very cold, inhospitable places like the Ural Mountains in Russia and Kazahstan, and even as far north as western Siberia. With a hardy pedigree like this, our comparably "balmy" winters will not bother it in the slightest.


Plant Uses

Best Effect

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is versatile and simply superb in all sorts of places. It is marvelous in mixed beds and borders, raised beds, or foundation plantings. It will give an early burst of color and structure to perennial beds, and the textured (bamboo-like) appearance makes it a natural choice for oriental, rock, and gravel gardens. We have found that it is especially good in lightly shaded, woodland settings. It blends wonderfully with the colorful foliage of Japanese Maples, Purple Nine Bark, and many other colored foliaged shrubs and trees. On larger sites, where space allows, think about planting it in bold, informal groupings; the sweeps of glowing mounds of color will be really spectacular.

In smaller places, the neat, compact habit makes it ideal for use as a low hedge, edger, or as a “dot” or accent plant. It will make a stunning addition to annual or perennials beds. Since it is so hardy and adaptable, it shows real promise as an all-year-round container plant, roof garden, and balcony subject, too. It looks great in decorative pots, window boxes, troughs, barrels, virtually any type of pot and container. Even if you don't have a regular patch of soil, you can still enjoy growing it.

Although we ideally suggest you place it in a partly shaded location, don't let a lack of shade put you off from growing it. With adequate and consistent moisture present at its roots in summer, we have been impressed by how well its stands up to sunny conditions. We have found that it does exceptionally well with plenty of organic matter added to the planting site, good mulch, and regular supplemental watering. There is "no hard and fast rule," so you could even try it in shadier conditions too. However, in lower light levels, expect to find the colors to be a bit muted, the height a little taller, and the growth more open and loose. If the ideal location is not available, don't pass it by, because it is so adaptable and accommodating that we think you will find that it can work almost anywhere for you. And, it is fun to try and compare it in a variety of locations.


Plant Fact Sheet

Sorbaria ‘SEM’ PP# 16,336

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Flower Color: White shades

Foliage Color: Pinkish-red shades, changing to soft lime with bronze-red tips

Sun Tolerance: Partial Shade preferred

Preferred Soil Type: Well-drained, moisture retentive (humus enriched), and reasonably fertile soil

USDA Plant Hardiness: Zone 2

Plant Height: 3–4’

Plant Spread: 3–4’


Plant Care

The Planting and Growing Recipe

Sorbaria 'Sem'

All that Sorbaria ‘Sem’ needs is a partially shaded site in average soil that has reasonably good drainage. You will find that it will be resilient, durable, and extremely easy to grow. However, like most things, investing in a little extra care at the start is well worth the effort. We recommend following the planting instructions on our tags, mixing in extra organic material at planting, and watering well until the roots are established in the new location. It is also a good idea to apply a mulch to conserve moisture during extended dry spells; continue periodic watering until it is firmly established.

Sorbaria ‘Sem’ is another fine example of our Garden Splendor® brand of plants. It is truly a low maintenance plant with high value performance and offers the best of the world's finest selections.

 

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