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WILLOW-LEAVED BRIDEWORT

CONFUSED BRIDEWORT

Spiraea × pseudosalicifolia

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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category8Deciduous
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statusZalien
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petalsZ5
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typeZclustered
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typeZspiked
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stem8round

2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A tall deciduous shrub growing to 2m high.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
It spreads mostly by suckering, here there is about 100 yards of it along the top of a small embankment.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
It has a spike of pink to magenta fuzzy flowers clustered closely together atop a stem with leaves angled 45° upwards.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The flower spikes turn brown as they age and go to fruit. Leaves alternate on the stem.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Flowers are in slightly conical panicles (whereas those of Billiards Bridewort are ovoid) with a mass of long, fading to white, stamens forming a haze around it. Leaves are elliptical and have fine teeth.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds are spherical.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Opened flowers have five pink to magenta petals and a profusion of long pink stamens. Flowers so close that it is hard to discern individual flowers from neighbours.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The stamens are about 3 times longer that the oval petals (slightly north of centre)


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The stigmas are also pink but much shorter than the petals


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are fairly narrow and oval with either rounded terminations, or bluntly pointed.


2nd July 2011, Alt, Hightown, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are matte and with a very short felt of hairs on the upper surface, and slightly hairier on the greyer underside. Teeth sawtooth and fine.


Is the hybrid between : Bridewort (Spiraea salicifolia) and Steeplebush (Spiraea douglasii), with which it shares many similarities.

Resemblance to : many other Spiriaea such as Steeplebushes, Brideworts, Hardhack and Bridal-spray.

It is an introduced hybrid plant of gardens, but now naturalised and is more common than most similar species. Naturalised in hedges it spreads by suckering and is to be found throughout most of the UK. The leaves are intermediate in leaf-shape, hairiness and serration from the many other Spiraea plants that look similar. Differs from Bridewort (Spiraea salicifolia) in having a slightly conicle panicle of flowers, rather that approximately cylindrical, and in having finer serrations on the leaves.


  Spiraea × pseudosalicifolia  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

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Spiraea
(Brideworts)

WILLOW-LEAVED BRIDEWORT

CONFUSED BRIDEWORT

Spiraea × pseudosalicifolia

Rose Family [Rosaceae]