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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Spiraea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 80 to 100 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere and especially diverse in eastern Asia. Ten species and one hybrid are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Spiraea alba

Native to eastern USA and Canada.


Spiraea betulifolia (Maruba-shimotsuke)

Native from Siberia to Japan.


Spiraea canescens

Native to the Himalayas.


Spiraea cantonensis

Native to China and Japan.


Spiraea douglasii

Native to western USA and Canada.


Spiraea japonica

Native from India to Japan.


Spiraea menziesii

Native to western USA and Canada.


Spiraea prunifolia

Native to Japan and China.


Spiraea thunbergii

Native to China and Japan.


Spiraea veitchii

Native to China.


Spiraea x billardii



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.