Rosales > Rosaceae > Rhodotypos scandens (Thunb.) Makino

Jetbead is a small, multi-stemmed, up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) tall shrub that invades natural areas in the eastern United States. Leaves are opposite, simple, 2.5-4 in. (6.2-10 cm) long and doubly serrate. Leaves also have ribbed veins and a long, pointed tip. White, four-petaled, 2 in. (5.1 cm) wide flowers occur in the spring. The flowers give way to small, red (turning black), bead-like fruit. Jetbead invades forested areas creating a thick shrub layer which could displace native shrubs, shade out understory species and restrict tree seedling establishment. Jetbead is native to eastern Asia and was first introduced into the United States in 1866 as an ornamental.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Invasive Reference(s):

Check for most current lists.
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest

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