Spiraea nipponica. JAPANESE SPIRAEA. Japan

Spiraea prunifolia. BRIDALWREATH. China
ROSACEAE (rose family)

Erect shrubs with arched branches. Leaves ovate-elliptic to 1.5 in long, incised-serrate in upper half, sometimes lobed; flowers small and white, in umbels. Bridal wreath is planted at Raines Houses. There is an old planting of Japanese spiraea across a walk from the Cornus capitata at the northwest corner of Lagunita Court facing Santa Teresa St. It's firm leaves are distinctively blue-green and the umbel-like inflorescence is subtended by a tiny bract; in flower later April 2007.

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Name derivation, genus | species from Gk. speira, wreath | Japan

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