Spiraea mollifolia Rehd.

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

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'Spiraea mollifolia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-mollifolia/). Accessed 2020-03-29.

Genus

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Spiraea mollifolia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/spiraea/spiraea-mollifolia/). Accessed 2020-03-29.

A deciduous shrub up to 6 ft high, with arching branches; young shoots very hairy at first, becoming purple, nearly glabrous and very distinctly angled the second year; buds up to 16 in. long, brownish purple. Leaves oval, oblong or obovate, tapered at both ends, usually more abruptly so at the apex, mostly entire, sometimes three-toothed at the apex, 12 to 34 in. long, half as wide, silky all over. Flowers white, 13 in. in diameter, borne during June and July in corymbs about 1 in. across, terminating short leafy twigs that spring from the growths of the previous year; stamens twenty.

Native of W. Szechwan, China; discovered by Wilson in 1904; introduced in 1909. It is quite distinct from all other cultivated spiraeas in the combination of its silky leaves, and long, slender winter buds. The closely allied S. gemmata is distinguished ‘by its narrower, glabrous foliage, glabrous inflorescence and slenderer branches.’ (Pl. Wils., Vol. I (1913), p. 442).


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