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
Aggregate of 5 follicles

 

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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_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.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm190726_0192

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Petals usually pink, sometimes white, per Flora of China.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm190726_0194

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm190726_0195

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Petals ovate to orbicular, apex obtuse. Stamens longer than petals, per Flora of China.

image of Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spiraea

JK Marlow    jkm190726_0196

July    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Tiny star-shaped clusters of 5 smooth, lustrous tan to brown capsules, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.