shrubby lespedeza USDA PLANTS Symbol: LEBI2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub Forbs/Herbs
Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonym(s): bicolor lespedeza, shrub lespedeza
Native Range: N. China to Manchuria and Japan (REHD); Japan (BAIL);

Shrubby lespedeza is an upright semi-woody forb, 3 to 10 ft. (0.9-3 m) in height with many slender stems and arching branches. Leaves are elliptical, alternate, abundant and three-parted. Leaflets are oval with the lower surface lighter than the upper surface. Flowering occurs in the summer, when purple, pea-like flowers develop in clusters. Flowers are less than 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long. Shrubby lespedeza is an extremely aggressive invader of open areas, forming dense thickets, which displace native vegetation. Native to Asia and introduced into the United States in the late 1800s, shrubby lespedeza has been widely planted for wildlife habitat, especially for northern bobwhite quail.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Infestation; lespedeza
Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); July
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); in July
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); back and front of leaves in July
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; July
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); January
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower in July
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina & Tennessee)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Alabama Invasive Plant Council
Faith Campbell, 1998
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005
South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2009