25 Bushes with White Flowers | White Flowering Shrubs

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The color white not only adds an element to your garden but also brightens it up! Here are some of the most elegant Bushes with White Flowers you can grow!

Having shrubs with elegant, white flowers is an ideal choice to brighten up your garden area! As the color symbolizes purity, light, and goodness, it brings a certain touch of tranquility to space. If you are searching for bushes with white flowers, then take a look at the article below!

Check out our article on the best shrubs for containers here! 

1. Korean Spice Viburnum

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USDA Zone: 4-7

Botanical Name: Viburnum carlesii

Korean spice features pink buds that open in a bunch of white flowers. This bush is popular for its sweet and spicy fragrance. If you want pure white flowers, then go with doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’).

Growing Tips:

  • These bushes can thrive in both full sunlight to partial shade.
  • Viburnums prefer acidic, well-draining, and moist soil.

2. Common Lilacs

USDA Zone: 3-7

Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris

You can find common lilacs in both purple and lavender shades, but it is the white one, with milky flowers, having a sweet aroma, that steals the show! Common lilac flowers in late springs. You can also grow them on hedges as a privacy screen to escape from prying eyes.

Growing Tips:

  • They don’t thrive well in a moist and boggy area.
  • Use well-drained, medium-moisture soil.

3. Annabelle Hydrangea

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USDA Zone: 3-7

Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens

Also known as smooth hydrangea, this deciduous shrub forms a round cluster of flowers in early summer. Annabelle hydrangea flowers for up to two months; the bud opens to lime-green, turning white when mature and becomes pale green in late summer.

Growing Tips:

  • Hydrangea prefers full sunlight or dappled shade (in hotter climate).
  • Use average, well-draining soil, and keep the plant hydrated while keeping it in full sunlight.

4. Japanese Andromeda

USDA Zone: 5-8

Botanical Name: Pieris japonica

This shrub is also known as Japanese Pieris. It reaches up to a height of 9-12 feet with white, drooping, bell-shaped flowers and evergreen foliage. Cultivar like ‘Mountain Fire’ produces leaves in attractive red color. It is one of the best bushes with white flowers on the list!

Growing Tips:

  • Grow Andromeda in a well-draining, slightly acidic, and moist soil.
  • It grows well in full sunlight and partial shade as well, though it produces fewer flowers in shaded locations.

5. White Christmas Bush

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USDA Zone: 10-13

Botanical Name: Euphorbia leucocephala

Also known as the white Christmas bush and snows of Kilimanjaro, this lovely shrub produces delicate, white flowers with a sweet fragrance. It flourishes best if appropriately pruned in early springs.

Growing Tips:

  • Euphorbia thrives in full sunlight or partial shades, both.
  • Use a well-draining soil.

6. White Roses

USDA Zone: 5-9

Botanical Name: Rosa Spp.

Roses come in a wide range of colors, and each shade has its cultural significance. Just like the most ones, white roses symbolize kindness and serenity. They are available for all the climates.

Growing Tips:

  • It is important to provide your rose bush at least 5-6 hours of sunlight.
  • Grow them in well-draining, fertile soil.

7. Spirea

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USDA Zone: 3-8

Botanical Name: Spirea Spp.

Shrubs from spirea genus, flowers in early summer. They grow up to 5-8 feet in height and attain 7-10 feet of spread, flowering from April to May. ‘Snow Storm’ and ‘Snowmound’ are the varieties to grow for white flowers.

Growing Tips:

  • Keep the plant well-hydrated in growth years.
  • Use well-drained, slightly moist soil to grow spirea.

8. Sweet Mock Orange


USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Philadephus Spp. and Hybrids

If you are fond of a mild fragrance, then mock orange is a perfect pick for you! It comes with a citrusy aroma and includes a number of species in the philadephus genus. The plant is a big shrub, reaching up to 10-12 feet tall and almost an equal width. You can grow a famous hybrid variety P.x virginalis that will stay smaller, growing to 3-4 feet long and 2-3 feet wide.

Growing Tips:

  • Grow sweet mock orange in full sun to partial shade.
  • As it overgrows quite fast, hence regular pruning is a good option.

9. White Azaleas

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USDA Zone: 3-9

Botanical Name: Rhododendron Spp.

The white varieties comprise of ‘Pleasant White,’ ‘Cascade White,’ ‘Snow,’ ‘Northern Hi-Lights,’ ‘Delaware Valley White,’ and ‘Bloom-a Thon.’ It flowers in summers, around April, and also blossoms in fall as well. Azaleas are perfect for woodland settings. They can grow up to 3-12 feet long.

Growing Tips:

  • If your soil is not naturally acidic, then add acid-enhanced fertilizer made for acid-loving plants.
  • Azalea thrives in rich, acidic, and well-draining soil.

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10. Deutzia

USDA Zone: 5-8

Botanical Name: Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko.’

Even though Dwarf deutzia is a shrub, you can grow it as a ground cover. It has a short length, which limits the plant up to 2-3 feet tall, with 5-6 feet spread. This shrub produces small, bell-shaped aromatic flowers in late spring.

Growing Tips:

  • It needs regular pruning, as single branches are short-living.
  • Deutzia can tolerate clay soil and grows well in medium, moist soil.

11. Oleander

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USDA Zone: 8-10

Botanical Name: Nerium Oleander ‘White’

Also known as rosebay, oleander is an ornamental shrub that grows up to 15-19 feet tall and releases a toxic, sticky latex, if the stems are bruised. It features flowers in a white, red, or pink shade in late spring to summer.

Growing Tips:

  • The plant does best in full sun to partial shade.
  • This shrub is quite adaptive to soil conditions though it thrives in well-drained, fertile soil.

Note: All parts of the plant are highly toxic, so keep your children and pets away from it.

12. Arabian Jasmine

USDA Zone: 9-11

Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac

Endemic to tropical Asia, this broadleaf evergreen shrub produces white fragrant, showy flowers from June to August. It can grow up to 4-5 feet in height with the same spread.

Growing Tips:

  • Arabian jasmine grows well in full sunlight to partial shade.
  • To maintain the shape, prune the shrub when needed.

13. White Bougainvillea

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USDA Zone: 9-11

Botanical Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis

White bougainvillea feature elegant, sepal-like bracts, encircled by three waxy flowers, spring leaves with thorny vines and bushes. These heat-loving, drought-tolerant shrubs are perfect for fences and hedges. You can go with white cultivars like ‘Jamaica white,’ ‘Double White,’ and ‘Summer Show.’

Growing Tips:

  • Once fully grown, water the plant infrequently, but increase the rate during extreme heat.
  • Grow these bushes in full sunlight for optimum growth.

14. Plumeria

USDA Zone: 9-11

Botanical Name: Plumeria rubra

Very easy to grow and flowering at most of the year, the plumeria is a must-have shrub, thanks to its beautiful blossoms with an intoxicating fragrance. It can be pruned to keep in the desired shape. Plumeria can attain a height of 3-13 feet.

Growing Tips:

  • Keep the plant well watered.
  • Keep it away from harsh, direct sunlight.

Note: The milky, white sap from the plant can be mildly toxic and can result in rashes. 

15. Gardenia

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USDA Zone: 8-11

Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides

Gardenias are heat-loving shrubs, having creamy white flowers with a fantastic fragrance and contrasting glossy, leathery, dark green leaves. Grow them in full to partial shade in well-drained, moist soil.

Growing Tips:

  • Select a site that gets plenty of indirect sunlight to plant them.
  • Keep the soil well moist, and never let it go dry completely.

16. Dogwood

USDA Zone: 5-9

Botanical Name: Cornus florida

Native to North America, dogwoods are popular for their growing habits and beautiful spring flowers. They need sunlight to thrive well though they flower in partial shade as well.

Growing Tips:

  • Watering, once a week, up to the depth of 6 inches, is going to do the trick in maintaining the tree well.
  • Keeping the tree in a location that gets the best of both shade and sunlight is going to do wonders for its growth!

17. Pearlbush

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USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Exochorda racemosa

This easy to grow deciduous shrub comes with flower buds that resemble white pearls. Ideal for hedges, this drought-resistant bush thrives well in full to partial shade. Pearlbush produces flowers on old growth, hence prune after flowering.

Growing Tips:

  • Slightly acidic, well-draining soil is good for Pearlbush.
  • Adding a layer of organic matter to the soil before planting is going to give the plant a head start.

18. Rose of Sharon


USDA Zone: 5-9

Botanical Name: Hibiscus syriacus

Also known as Korean rose, Chinese hibiscus, and Althea. The Rose of Sharon is a member of the Malvaceae or mallow family and belongs to China and India. It flowers late in the growing season when other plants generally start to taper off.

Growing Tips:

  • You can plant it in full to partial sunlight, as it enjoys both.
  • Use a general-purpose fertilizer before you plant.

19. Camellia ‘White Swan’

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USDA Zone: 6-10

Botanical Name: Camellia japonica

Camellia is an evergreen flowering shrub with a long flowering season. With a broad, dark green growth pattern, coupled with a bunch of white flowers, it creates quite a statement in the garden!

Growing Tips:

  • You can grow them in moist soil, water the plant when topsoil is dry to one inch.
  • Grow these elegant scented flowers on the hedges and borders in the sun or shade.

20. Cinquefoil White

USDA Zone: 3-7

Botanical Name: Potentilla L.

One of the most popular landscaping shrubs, Cinquefoil, is known for its exotic white flowers and valued for its carefree nature. As it also battles air pollution and salty air potently, making it an ideal plant for people living in beachfront locations.

Growing Tips:

  • If you want flowers, expose them to 5-6 hours of sunlight.
  • Watering once or twice a week is enough.

21. Night Blooming Jasmine

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USDA Zone: 9-10

Botanical Name: Cestrum nocturnum

Famous for its beautiful flowers that open at night to reveal what is also known as the strongest scent from a plant in the world! So, if you have this in your garden, expect it to overflow with fragrance all the time!

Growing Tips:

  • Grow them at an East or West position.
  • Water them well in dry months.

22. Weigela ‘White Knight’

USDA Zone: 5-9

Botanical Name: Weigela

Growing up to 4-5 feet tall, the ‘White Knight’ with its excellent milky blossoms is one of the best bushes with white flowers on this list! What makes it more unique is the combination of fragrance and pure white colors of blossoms!

Growing Tips:

  • It prefers full sun and does well in partially shaded locations as well.
  • Once the plant is established, you don’t have to worry about the watering unless the climate is too dry.

23. Sweet Pepperbush

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USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clethra alnifolia

What sets this plant apart from the rest on this list are its upright, fragrant, white flowers that resemble bottle brushes, attracting bees and butterflies!

Growing Tips:

  • Keep the soil moist by watering regularly.
  • Prune out the crowded growth and grow new shrubs by planting them.

24. White Hibiscus

USDA Zone: 5-8

Botanical Name: Hibiscus waimeae

The elegant, white flowers look exceptionally beautiful against the dark, green foliage of the plant. White Hibiscus also flowers continually, adding loads of blossoms, attracting a variety of hummingbirds and bees to your yard!

Growing Tips:

  • The plant does well in full to partial sun.
  • Use well-drained and mildly acidic soil.

25. Star Jasmine

USDA Zone: 7-10

Botanical Name: Jasminum multiflorum

With highly fragrant and beautiful flowers, these plants attract bees and butterflies alike. They are exceptional ground covers and can also be grown as decorative climbers.

Growing Tips:

  • Keep the plant at a spot where gets 4-5 hours of bright sunlight.
  • They need a lot of water, especially when they are flowering.

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