Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1454

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Japan & China

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in GA, NC, SC

Look for it on roadsides, woodland borders, old homesites, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
15-20 stamens
Inflorescence a compound corymb, flat-topped or rounded

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiraea japonica   FAMILY Rosaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiraea japonica var. fortunei   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-15-003:
Spiraea japonica   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Spiraea


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image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm090707_097

July    Avery County    NC

Roadside

Inflorescence a compound corymb, flat-topped or rounded, broader than long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm090707_103

July    Avery County    NC

Roadside

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm090707_105

July    Avery County    NC

Roadside

Petals usually pink, sometimes white, ovate to orbicular, apex obtuse, per Flora of China.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm090707_108

July    Avery County    NC

Roadside

Stamens 25-30, much longer than petals, per Flora of China.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm090707_114

July    Avery County    NC

Roadside

Lvs lance-shaped, sharply toothed, tapered to the tip, 3-6" long, 1-2" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.