Sorbaria sorbifolia

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Sorbaria sorbifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbaria
Species: S. sorbifolia
Binomial name
Sorbaria sorbifolia
(L.) A.Braun

Sorbaria sorbifolia is commonly known as false spiraea,[1] also spelled false spirea. It is a deciduous perennial plant in the Rosaceae family. It is also known by its older names of Spiraea sorbifolia L. and Schizonotus sorbifolius (L.) Lindl.[2] Other common names are False Goat's Beard, Sorb-leaved Schizonotus, and Ural False Spirea. Chinese: 珍珠梅; pinyin: zhen zhu mei; literally: "pearl plum".


It is a shrub reaching 1 to 1.5 m. It bears compound, alternate, toothed leaflets which resemble ferns or sumac.[3] Flowers are white and showy clustered at the end of branches.


Sorbaria sorbifolia grows naturally in temperate areas of Asia including Siberia, the Soviet Far East of Russia, northern China, Japan and Korea.[4] It has been introduced as a garden ornamental elsewhere into Europe and North America.[5]


False Spirea is used as an ornamental shrub in North America and Europe.