Japanese Meadowsweet (Spiraea japonica) in the Spiraeas Database

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Botanical names:
Spiraea japonica Accepted
Spiraea japonica var. albiflora Synonym
Spiraea x bumalda Synonym
Spiraea albiflora Synonym
Spiraea bullata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 2- 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2- 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Magenta
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 14, 2017 3:39 PM

I just posted a photo of the White Woodland Japanese Spirea, Spiraea japonica albiflora, into the various photos because I could not find this species or variety in the list. I've never seen the mother species of the Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica japonica). There are lots of different cultivars of this species and the hybrid Bumald Spirea planted over much of the USA in landscapes abundantly. It is a pretty and very easy small shrub to use and it does not sucker like the few American species do; the latter wild in some places in North America but not used hardly at all in landscapes. Very easy to prune from after blooming to the next early spring, as it blooms on current years growth. Also, one can cut it close to the ground or leave a few stems about 6 inches high. The mother Japanese species looks a lot like the very common 'Anthony Waterer' cultivar with pink flowers. The White Woodland variety looks a lot like Anthony Water also, but has white flower clusters instead. Actually, 'Anthony Waterer' is a cultivar of the Bumald Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda) that is a hybrid of the Japanese X Woodland Spireas. (If the White woodland type is just S. japonica, then maybe there should not be a S. x bumalda at all; but the nurseries will still list them with the hybrid name.) My big concern over the Japanese and Bumald Spirea is that it is escaping cultivation and becoming an invasive east Asian plant in the wild.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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White Woodland Japanese Spirea by ILPARW Jun 4, 2018 7:38 PM 3
Moved to our first house, not sure how to prune perennials. by GalileoG Sep 26, 2018 10:06 AM 9
Plant ID please (wildflower?) by delirow Aug 8, 2018 10:32 AM 2
Name That Plant Request by EnglishAmerican1 Aug 6, 2018 10:53 PM 5
Planted a new Hydrangea Garden, 2018 by frankrichards16 Sep 16, 2018 5:05 PM 10
Spiraea japonica var. albiflora by frankrichards16 May 8, 2018 6:08 AM 1
Unknown Wildflower by xIrisx Apr 11, 2018 2:45 PM 3
Banner for March 24, 2018 by wildflowers by wildflowers Mar 25, 2018 2:31 PM 13
Spiraea alba? by sooby Aug 24, 2017 2:21 PM 12
ID please by Italysa Jul 2, 2017 5:59 AM 2
Need ID for this shrub by SongofJoy Jun 28, 2017 6:29 PM 2

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