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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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Selected Resources

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:


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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.

Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Japanese Spiraea
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

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


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

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

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Last Modified: Sep 02, 2017
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