Nov. 22, 2021

jetbead, Rhodotypos scandens

Jetbead is another invasive Asian shrub. Fortunately, it does not seem to be as aggressive as others. The one time we saw it at Ives Preserve, we had loppers and herbicide wands in hand. Made short work of it, and it does not seem to have reappeared. It's an unusual member of the rose family because it has opposite leaves. It stumped me for quite a while after the first time I saw it up in Saginaw County. It is called jet bead after the small hard fruits that appear in loose clusters. You might see jetbead in woods or borders, so far reported from AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, VT, WI, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 4/19/12. Rose family, Rosaceae.