Spiraea longigemmis Maxim.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Spiraea longigemmis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-longigemmis/). Accessed 2020-06-05.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corymbose
In form of corymb.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Spiraea longigemmis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-longigemmis/). Accessed 2020-06-05.

A shrub 4 or 5 ft high, with glabrous, erect, angular stems, and curiously flat, leaf-like winter buds often 13 in. long. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, wedge-shaped at the base, sharply and deeply, often doubly, toothed, 112 to 3 in. long, 34 to 114 in. wide, bright green and glabrous above, rather glaucous and hairy on the veins beneath when young; stalk 18 to 14 in. long. Flowers white, 14 in. across, produced towards the end of May in broad, rounded, corymbose panicles 2 to 312 in. across and 1 to 2 in. long; stamens prominent; flower-stalk and calyx downy.

Native of W. China; described from specimens collected in Kansu but reported from as far south as Yunnan. It is a very pretty white-flowered spiraea, blossoming late enough to escape injury by frost, but now uncommon in cultivation. It was introduced towards the end of the last century and used to grow well at Grayswood Hill, Haslemere – the upper side of the branches wreathed with corymbs terminating long leafy twigs (Gardening Illustrated, 13 July, 1912). It is in cultivation at Kew.


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