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Japanese Spiraea

Japanese spiraea - Invasive.org

Scientific name: Spiraea japonica L. f.

Common names: Japanese spiraea, Japanese meadowsweet

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Native To: Eastern Asia (Swearingen et al. 2010)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1870s (Swearingen et al. 2010)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Swearingen et al. 2010)

Impact: Spreads rapidly and forms dense stands that crowd out native species (Swearingen et al. 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution:


Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Spiraea japonica L. f.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

Spiraea japonica Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Spiraea japonica - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Legal Aspects

Japanese Spiraea - Weed of the Week (Feb 16, 2005; PDF | 67 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

PLANTS Database - Japanese Meadowseet
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Distribution; Legal Aspects

Japanese Spiraea - Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (2002)
DOI. National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

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State Government

Japanese Spiraea - Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania (PDF | 769 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

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Invasive Species: Spiraea japonica, Japanese Spirea
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History

Japanese spiraea - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts

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Spiraea japonica (shrub) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Japanese Spiraea
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Japanese Spiraea - Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls


Swearingen, J., B. Slattery, K. Reshetiloff, and S. Zwicker. 2010. Japanese meadowsweet. In: Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, 4th ed. National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Washington, DC. 168 pp.

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Last Modified: Jul 15, 2014
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