Spiraea alba (meadowsweet)

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Key Characteristics

  • Erect shrubs, up to 0.3-2 meters tall, stems upright, stiff, wandlike, single or branches, tough, narrow, and similar looking to goldenrod
  • Leaves alternate, simple, lanceolate, sharply and finely serrate, firm, petioles short
  • Fruit an aggregate of follicles, flowers white
  • Twigs slender, yellowish brown, more or less angled
  • Winter buds small, sessile, globose to fusiform
  • Prefers low wet sites

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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