rose meadowsweet Rosaceae Spiraea
splendens Baumann ex K. Koch var. splendens symbol: SPSP2
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate, 1 inch long, margins coarsely toothed near the apex but entire close to the base, green and sparsely hairy above and below; petiole less than 1/4 inch long.
Flower: Small, pink to red, in dense pom-pom terminal clusters, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit: Fruits are small brown follicles about 1/8 inch borne in upright terminal clusters, persistent.
Twig: Twigs slender; tan turning to red-brown.
Bark: Bark is red-brown, often exfoliating on older twigs but smooth on larger, older stems.
Form: Erect deciduous shrub usually under 3 feet tall.
Looks like: Japanese spiraea - Douglas spiraea
Additional Range Information: Spiraea splendens is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting rose meadowsweet.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson