Problem Plant: Japanese Spiraea

Japanese Spiraea (Spiraea japonica)

Also known as Japanese Meadowsweet, this ornamental shrub was first introduced
from Asia around 1870 to 1880 due to its showy flowers. Its rapid spread when it
escapes from cultivation crowds out native species in natural areas. It is now
classified as invasive in the mid-Atlantic states, including Virginia.

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Tags: Spreads rapidly over disturbed areas such as
construction sites, Creates dense colonies along streams, fields, and forests, displacing native plants, Flowers profusely, producing large numbers of seeds dispersed by water, Seeds remain viable for many years in soil making control difficult, Shrub with showy flower clusters, Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), Hardback Spiraea (Spiraea tomentosa), Narrow-Leaved Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus), Pinxterbloom Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)