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False spiraea (Sorbaria sorbifolia)

False spiraea Synonyms: Schizonotus sorbifolius, Sorbaria sorbifolia var. stellipila, Spiraea sorbifolia

Description: First collected in 1914 in St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties in Michigan.

Habit: Erect, multi stemmed, colony forming shrub that can reach heights of 5-10 feet.

Leaves: Alternate, pinnately compound, 12 inches long, 12-25 leaflets. Leaflets are 4 inches long and 1 inch wide, double serrated pointed margins.

Stems: Pink to green in color and slightly pubescent when young becoming grayish-brown and smooth.

Flowers: Showy clusters, small, white in color, borne in dense cone-shaped panicles, 4-10 inches long.

Fruit and seeds: Dehiscent fruit capsule.

Habitat: Native to Asia. Can be found along roadsides, banks, field edges, old homesites.

Reproduction: By seed and vegetatively by suckers forming large colonies.

Similar species: Mountain ash (Sorbus spp.), which has similar foliage.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from The Morton Arboretum and the University of Michigan Herbarium.

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Common Name:

False spiraea

Scientific Name:

Sorbaria sorbifolia







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