Matcha Ball® Ash Leaf Spirea

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 3 - 4 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 7
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

With delicate, fern-like leaves that emerge peachy in the spring then mature to Matcha-tea green, the Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Matcha Ball’) is a beautiful, round, and petite shrub that fits perfectly into any sunny garden. The Matcha Ball has soft, deciduous leaves that display exciting fall colors in yellows and oranges; with bare red stems in the winter, this beauty has year-round interest. This tropical-looking variety is grown more for its leaves than blooms. The Matcha Ball is fast growing, reaching 2-3 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

The Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea requires minimal maintenance, needing only occasional shaping and pruning in the late winter or early spring before leaves emerge. This shrub will grow best in full to part sun and isn’t particular about the kind of soil it is planted in as long as it is well draining. The Matcha Ball prefers regular watering, though can tolerate periods of drought once established. With leaves that fill out to the ground, the Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea does well as a low-growing hedge, in mass plantings, or even in containers paired with annuals or as a standalone plant. 

Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea Care

Choose a spot that receives full to part sun for best results. To plant the Matcha Ball, dig a hole that is the same depth and at least twice the width of the root ball. Water this shrub regularly in its first year, only allowing the top few inches to dry before watering deeply. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely, even after this shrub is established. When using Matcha Ball in containers, it may need more frequent watering to prevent the roots from drying out and the leaves from getting crispy. 

Matcha Ball is a compact shrub that may need occasional shaping and pruning as it grows. In the late winter, once the threat of extreme cold has passed, shape this shrub by removing no more than 30% of the branches. The pruning will help keep this false spirea within the desired space as it has the potential to spread. Though Matcha Ball can be planted in containers, it is not likely to survive through the winter in a pot and should be moved into a protected garage or enclosure. 

Matcha Ball Ash Leaf Spirea Spacing

With a final width of about 3-4 feet, give the Matcha Ball plenty of room to grow and spread if desired. To plant a hedge, place each shrub 2-3 feet apart, and they will quickly grow together. These plants can be kept in large containers with other plants and are also full enough to grow alone.

Matcha Ball® Ash Leaf Spirea Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 7
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 3 - 4 Feet
Spacing: 3 - 4 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White, Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering, 3 Season Interest
Watering: Low
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Bees
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Foliage Interest
Brand: First Editions
Common Name: Matcha Ball® Ash Leaf Spirea
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Matcha Ball®

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

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