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Bushes with white flowers are always an elegant sight in any garden.
If you want your garden or your venue to instantly get a more formal, or more sophisticated look to it, then white flowering shrubs are a way to go. There are many different varieties available, so to help you decide, here is a list of 26 bushes with white flowers.
Bushes with white flowers
The flowers usually bloom in early summer, and the flowering process lasts for two months.
The color of the foliage is lime green, but when the flowers are in full bloom, it will be hard to notice it, as the flowers grow extremely dense and close to each other.
The Annabelle Hydrangea can grow to be 10 feet high, and 10 feet wide, so it will take up some space for sure.
It likes to be exposed to a lot of sunlight and the soil it’s in should be well-drained.
White Rose is another white flowering shrub that will enhance the look of your garden, wherever you find a place for it.
This flowering shrub, like most roses, likes to be planted in a sunny spot, and if you want your flowers to be exceptionally beautiful, then regular fertilizing should be a part of your gardening routine.
When it comes to watering, the soil should be kept moist and to keep your shrub as healthy as possible, make sure that when you water it the foliage doesn’t get wet.
Flowers usually bloom in early spring and if you want them to stay fresh even when used as a decoration in a vase, there are a few steps that you should follow.
It’s best to cut them immediately after they’ve bloomed, using garden scissors, and when assembling your arrangement, cut off the lower leaves that go below the water level.
White Azaleas are flowers that absolutely fall in line with the elegant aesthetic people are usually wishing for when searching for white flowering shrubs, and they are also called “The Royalty of the Garden”.
When planting them, it’s best to do so in late spring or early fall, and if you happen to get an evergreen variety, make sure they are in a partial shade.
However, you will get more prominent white flowers when the shrub is exposed to full sun.
The soil for these flowers should be well-drained and hummus-rich.
An important step when growing any kind of Azaleas is to provide them with mulch, to keep the soil acidic and moist.
Besides that, once all settled in and mature, Azaleas are quite easy to grow and take care of.
Arabian Jasmine is a flowering shrub that will provide you with more delicate flowers, and with this one, you will be able to see the bright green foliage even during the blooming season.
When you hear the name Jasmine, the first thing that comes to mind is probably some kind of fragrance – and that’s exactly what these white flowering shrubs are known for.
As the flowers mature, they turn from white to pink, and the blooms will appear all summer long.
You will also be delighted to know that the type of this plant is evergreen.
This plant can grow to be anywhere between 6 feet and 10 feet tall, as well as a 6 to 10 feet wide shrub.
When it comes to lighting, this one likes full sun and a partial shade equally.
This one is also one of the white flowering shrubs that bloom with more petite and delicate flowers.
It is nice to have in the garden as a big shrub, but it can also be planted as a shrub piece in a pot.
Gardenia flowers are quite fragrant, and these ornamental shrubs are actually not that easy to take care of.
Gardenias are sensitive to cold weather, and cold winters represent a big threat to the plant’s survival.
So, if you live in an area that gets cold winters, opt for planting Gardenia in a pot and move it indoors once winter comes.
This fragrant white bush prefers to be placed in a part shade, and the soil you plant it in should be well-drained with a lot of organic matter.
Gardenia should be watered regularly, even after the flowers have bloomed, and finished with blooming.
Also, another thing to do when the blooming has ended is to prune the Gardenia to keep it in the best condition possible.
Rose of Sharon
Even though this has the name Rose, it is actually a variety of Hibiscus.
This delightful shrub is quite easy to grow, so consider it if you need to add some new life to your garden.
When growing it, you will be surprised to find just how little care it needs. Some might say that this flower thrives on neglect!
Rose of Sharon can grow to be anywhere between 8 feet and 12 feet tall, and beside the fragrant white flowers, it can also bloom in pink and purple colors.
When choosing its spot, consider the fact that this plant is a self-seeder, so it might miraculously appear somewhere you didn’t intend it to be.
Even though it’s tolerable to about any condition, it’s best to plant it in well-drained soil and a spot where it can get some part shade.
Night Blooming Jasmine
If you would like your white flowering shrubs to be fragrant, do not worry as there is another available variety.
Even though the name says Jasmine, this plant’s family is actually called Jessamine, and it can grow either like a shrub or like a vine.
It is a tropical and evergreen variety.
This shrub with white flowers can be found growing up to 10 feet tall, and around 3 feet wide.
The flowers bloom from early spring until late summer, and they are a follower by white berries that attract birds to the garden.
The true part of its name, however, is the fact that it blooms at night, so when the sun has set and the summer air has chilled down, you can sit and enjoy the beautiful scent and a nice sight.
It’s best to grow this plant somewhere with partial to full sun exposure, and besides that, this is an extremely low-maintenance shrub.
Korean Spice Viburnum
Korean spice viburnum is a white flowering shrub with an exceptional fragrance to it.
This plant grows in the USDA Hardiness zones 4 through 7, and it can grow to be 6 feet tall and just as wide.
For the white flowers, the growing season happens during spring, and in the summer-these are replaced with red berries.
Korean spice viburnum should grow in well-drained soil, and when it comes to light it can grow basically anywhere except in a dense shade.
Another nice and ornamental aspect is that in the fall, the foliage starts turning red, and by the late fall they will change into a purple shade.
The soil should always stay evenly watered and even though it is drought-resistant, you can absolutely intensify the watering when a dry patch comes along.
Japanese Andromeda is one of the white flowering shrubs with quite interesting and unique flowering.
This plant is usually grown for its beautiful bell-shaped flowers that bloom during the late summer and fall.
When taking care of it, firstly you have to make sure that your Japanese Andromeda is placed in a partial shade, and if you can’t provide that, then keep the soil moist at all times.
The soil itself should be well-draining, and when you tend to it accordingly, you can expect it to grow between 9 and 12 feet tall.
When it comes to flowering, Japanese Andromeda blooms during April.
Spirea is a quite big flowering bush, and it has stems with flowers that grow in a hanging, dropping style.
This shrub is loved among gardening lovers, as it’s low-maintenance, hardy, and a fast grower.
Spirea shrubs can be divided into two categories: spring bloomers and summer bloomers, so depending on what time of year you prefer your garden to bloom, you can choose which one suits you better.
As mentioned, Spirea shrubs are growing in basically all hardiness zones, and you can expect them to grow from 2 to 6 feet tall.
To get the best blooms, you will want to locate your Spirea at a place that gets full sun exposure, as being in the shade will reduce the size and number of blooms.
Deutzia is a very special kind of shrub with white flowers, and the special thing about is that compared to most others, Deutzia can bloom with stunning flowers even when in the shade!
The shape in which Deutzia grows is usually weeping or cascading, and as a member of the Hydrangea family, the flowers it produces are small ones and organized in clusters.
Deutzia is quite simple to take care of, they are tolerant to about any kind of soil and they don’t suffer from significant diseases.
They grow to be around 2 to 4 feet tall, and just as wide.
Deutzia can also develop roots from the cascading branches touching the soil, so if you let them they can spread through your garden by themselves.
If you want your white flowering bush to grow in a vine-like manner, then you should opt for the white variety of Bougainvillea.
This plant blooms with clusters of medium-sized white flowers, and the foliage is a combination of green and white.
If you live in a frost-free area, then this one will be evergreen in your garden, while in the more northern parts it grows as a summer annual.
In the hardiness zones 9 to 11, it will bloom all year round.
When it comes to light and water needs, White Bougainvillea requires full sun exposure, and once it’s established it needs water only occasionally, except in extreme heat conditions when the water consumption should be more intense.
Dogwood is a name that can belong to both a tree and a bush, and both are equally beautiful looking.
When it comes to the bush, it will be a great choice if you want to plant something rounded and white for your landscape.
Dogwood shrubs are fast growers, they bloom in the spring, produce berries in the summer, and during fall and winter, they can also be ornamental with the coppery red colors they get.
The nice thing about these bushes is that they don’t have a preference when it comes to lighting, they grow equally well in sun and in the shade.
In late spring and early summer, it’s advised to transplant your Dogwood bushes.
Camellia White Swan
Camellia White Swan is best known for its flowers, that grow upright in the bush and are mostly medium-sized.
This plant blooms in late winter, and as a whole it represents a nice sight in any landscape, as the flowers are a deeper shade of green, creating a pleasant contrast with the white flowers.
You can expect it to bloom until the early spring days.
Camellia grows best when placed in a partial shade, and with some sun exposure during the day.
When choosing soil, you should get one that is moist, acidic, and well-drained.
Fertilizer should be applied regularly, as this one is a slow grower and will need some help and nutrition to maintain its health and growth.
Weigela White Knight
Weigela White Knight is a white flowering bush that blooms in an upright motion with many bell-shaped flowers.
It can grow to be between 4 to 5 feet tall, and 5 to 6 feet wide.
You can expect this one to bloom from April to June, and when it does, it can attract a lot of hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.
The soil for this bush should be well-draining and with medium moisture levels.
Like most shrubs, this one also grows best when it’s planted in a spot with full sun exposure, but it can tolerate being in some amount of shade as well.
With the basic care requirements, Weigela White Knight is considered mostly easy to grow.
Snows of Kilimanjaro
If you are a lover of snow and you would like to prolong the aesthetic that snow gives to your landscape, then Snows of Kilimanjaro is a great choice of a white flowering bush for you.
Flowering with thousands of small flowers, Snows of Kilimanjaro is a bush best suited for hardiness zones 10 to 13.
It blooms in the spring and the flowers also produce a sweet fragrance that you will enjoy.
When planting it, make sure you give it a spot with full sun exposure and well-draining soil.
If the spot gets shade too, it won’t be a huge problem, just make sure it’s not mainly in the shade.
If you are a lover of Jasmine, then bushes with white flowers are generally a great choice for you, and here we have a variety that blooms with star-shaped flowers.
Star Jasmine shrubs grow to be a vine and their fragrant white blooms can attract bees.
When it comes to the U.S., it is best suited for the southern regions, and specifically does great in California.
From zone 8 to zone 10, Star Jasmine can grow as ground cover, and there it will also overwinter.
When it’s all set and mature, it can grow to be between 3 feet and 6 feet in both height and width.
If you live in an area that’s cooler than zone 8, then you should opt for planting this one in a container.
It blooms in the spring, blooming the best when in full sunlight, but it will work well enough in partial shade too.
Hibiscus is a plant usually associated with red, orange, pink, and a lot of bright shades of that kind, but it can actually be commonly found in white, too.
Getting a Hibiscus can be an easy way to add some tropical vibes to your garden.
When it comes to caring tips, there are a few.
It’s best to plant it in temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees F, and you also must have in mind that these white flowers won’t survive being below 32 degrees.
Hibiscus needs at least 6 hours of sun daily, and even though it prefers a warm and humid environment, this one will need some partial shade in the afternoon as well.
When it hits its blooming season, Hibiscus will need to be provided with large amounts of water, and a bit more watering should be added when it’s extremely warm, too.
However, once cold weather starts you should water it only when you notice the soil is completely dry.
Sweet pepperbush has white flowers that grow a bit differently than most examples mentioned here, as the flowers appear at the tips of long stems, and the foliage is a bit lower.
These plants produce flowers with a spicy fragrance and they are found in a lot of other colors as well.
Blooming season happens in the summer, around July and August, and in the fall, leaves get bright yellow and orange colors, so having these plants around pays off all year long.
Sweet pepperbush is a great choice if you want to attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.
It’s best grown in hardiness zones 3 to 9.
The great thing about this one is that it’s quite adaptable, and it can bloom nicely in both full san and a part shade.
Cinquefoil is a widely popular landscape bush, gaining popularity because of its long bloom time, hardiness, and tolerance to a wide range of growing conditions.
Even though it is tolerant of things like drought, air pollution, and even salt air, Cinquefoil doesn’t like to be in southern areas that have hot and humid summers.
Cinquefoil is usually used as hedging, for rock gardens, and also for containers.
It grows best in zones 2 to 8 and can reach to be 3 feet tall, and up to 5 feet wide.
Bloom time is from early spring and until frost appears in the fall.
It’s best to have this one in full sun to part shade.
Pearlbush is an easy-to-grow example of bushes with white flowers, and it’s ideal if you need something white for flower bedding in your garden.
Besides that, it is great as a part of a flowering hedge, and also in containers and pots.
Pearlbush grows to be quite tall, its height ranging between 6 and 10 feet.
When it comes to light exposure, as expected with this kind of plant, it thrives when in full sun.
You can expect your Pearlbush to bloom from April to June.
Plumeria blooms with flowers that have an exceptional exotic look to them, with their white petals and yellow centers, they are sure to enhance a tropical look to your landscape.
It is native to tropical regions of the world, mostly associated with Hawaii.
Plumeria produces highly fragrant flowers that appear in the spring, and don’t stop blooming until fall ends.
Plumeria needs to be planted in well-draining soil, and it also needs to be exposed to full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.
When winter comes, Plumeria should be moved indoors, as it doesn’t tolerate cold temperatures at all.
White Oleander is a plant probably best known for the existence of a movie and a book of the same name.
It can also be an interesting addition to your garden, as the spiky leaves it grows are something a bit different compared to other kinds of white flowering shrubs.
Oleanders are long-lasting and don’t require much maintenance.
They are drought-tolerant plants, but it will do them well to be watered a bit more during dry periods.
Try not to overwater them, but if you do the plant will tell you itself, by turning the leaves yellow.
Sweet Mock Orange
Sweet mock orange is a bush with a rounded and dense growth habit.
It is a deciduous kind of plant and it will lose its leaves during the fall.
However, when the flowers bloom during late spring and early summer, they produce a strong sweet scent.
The name comes from the fact that the white flowers it grows resemble orange flowers, and they are always white.
It grows the best in hardiness zones 4-8, and when it is mature you can expect your Sweet mock orange to grow to be 10 to 12 feet tall and wide.
White Christmas Bush
White Christmas bush blooms with star-shaped little flowers, and it’s a great choice for average-sized gardens.
When you plant it, make sure that the soil is well-drained and that it is surrounded by other bushes and trees that will give it some shelter.
It can usually grow quite well even in places with a colder climate.
As the name of the plant suggests, its flowers bloom around Christmas and for the blooms to be as nice as possible, you should apply fertilizer in the spring.
As the last example of bushes with white flowers, here is one fairly simple and widely known plant – lilacs.
Common lilacs are a popular choice for landscaping, as they are fairly low-maintenance.
They are best grown in hardiness zones 3 to 7, and they enjoy having at least six hours of full sun each day.
When it comes to soil preferences, lilacs like neutral to slightly alkaline soil that has good drainage.
Even though they are mostly drought-tolerant, they should be watered excessively when the weather gets hot and dry for a long time.
Common lilacs can grow anywhere between 8 feet and 20 feet tall.
They usually bloom only for a few weeks in the spring, so make sure you make the most of it!