Jul. 21, 2020

Japanese meadowsweet, Spiraea japonica

Japanese meadowsweet is a popular landscape shrub. Around home the few escapes are compact bushes not much over two feet. In Ohio's Seneca State Forest these much taller and more diffuse plants were not immediately recognizable as the same species. Mostly they were along streams, and did add a nice accent to things. But in some areas they are becoming an invasive nuisance. Japanese meadowsweet has been reported from CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, WI, WV, NS, and ON. Scioto Co OH, 7/8/20. Rose family, Rosaceae.