Sorbaria sorbifolia (*)
Sorbaria sorbifolia (L.) A.Braun
* P. F. A. Ascherson, Fl. Brandenburg 1(1):177. 1860
Sorbaria sorbifolia is commonly known as False Spiraea, also spelled False Spirea. It is a deciduous perennial plant in the Rosaceae family. It is also known by its older names of Spiraea sorbifolia L. and Schizonotus sorbifolius (L.) Lindl. Other common names are False Goat's Beard, Appleberry, Sorb-leaved Schizonotus, and Ural False Spirea.
It is a shrub reaching 1 to 1.5 m. It bears compound, alternate, toothed leaflets which resemble ferns or sumac. Flowers are white and showy clustered at the end of branches.
It's Chinese name is zhen zhu mei.
Sorbaria sorbifolia grows naturally in temperate areas of Asia including Siberia, the Soviet Far East of Russia, China, Japan and Korea. It has been introduced as a garden ornamental elsewhere into Europe and North America.
False Spirea is used as an ornamental shrub in North America and Europe.
1. ^ Integrated Taxonomic Information System Report for Sorbaria sorbifolia
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