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Japanese Spiraea

Japanese spiraea

Scientific name: Spiraea japonica L. f. (ITIS)

Common names: Japanese spiraea, Japanese meadowsweet

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Native To: Eastern Asia (Feldhaus et al. 2013)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1800s (Feldhaus et al. 2013)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Feldhaus et al. 2013)

Impact: Capable of spreading rapidly and competing with native species (Feldhaus et al. 2013)

Current U.S. Distribution:


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Council or Task Force

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Japanese Spiraea
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.


Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Japanese spiraea
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Global Invasive Species Database - Spiraea japonica (shrub)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Spiraea japonica
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

PLANTS Database - Japanese Meadowsweet
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

State Government

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Japanese Spiraea (PDF | 769 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands


Feldhaus, J.J., C.A. Copenheaver, and J.N. Barney. 2013. Mapping and management of the non-native Japanese spiraea at Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, Virginia, USA. Natural Areas Journal 33(4):435-439.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Spiraea japonica. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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Last Modified: Aug 25, 2018
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