Exochorda racemosa

Species:Exochorda racemosa (Lindley) Rehder
Common Name:Pearlbush
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Tree
USDA Symbol:**
Plant Notes:Pearlbush is an introduced deciduous shrub in the Rose family (Rosaceae). It is native to Asia. Pearlbush is sometimes planted as an ornamental in Alabama and it has been reported as an escape in one south Alabama county. In addition, it has been reported as an escape in 16 other states in the United States as well as in Europe and Australia. Pearlbush occurs on fence rows, around old home sites, and in weedy urban forests. It is a woody shrub with erect or arching stems reaching from 8-16 feet in height. The bark is gray-brown and tight. Leaves are alternate, petiolate, elliptic to obovate in outline, with entire or serrate margins. The leaves are glabrous to slightly hairy. Flowers are produced in terminal racemes with the new growth. The racemes have 4-10 flowers. Flowers have a bell-shaped hypanthium. There are 5 triangular green sepals and 5 white petals. The fruit is a 5 pointed star-shaped capsule.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:This species was first reported as part of the non-native flora by Alvin Diamond in 2014.
Status:Not Native
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

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FamilyROSACEAE - Rose family
Genus Exochorda
Species Exochorda racemosa (Lindley) Rehder - Pearlbush


Citation Exochorda racemosa (Lindl.) Rehder, Pl. Wilson. 1(3): 456. 1913.
Basionym: Amelanchier racemosa Lindl. 1847.
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SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Amelanchier racemosa Amelanchier racemosa Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 33: sub pl. 38. 1847.  

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Conecuh, Lee, Russell

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: ALNHS, TROY, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
UWAL0016088 Conecuh 20 Mar 2014 Diamond, Alvin R.
Exochorda racemosa (Lindl.) Rehder
ALNHS00002504 Lee 14 May 2013 Barger, T. Wayne
Exochorda racemosa (Lindley) Rehder
ALNHS00002834 Russell 18 Mar 2014 Barger, T. Wayne
Exochorda racemosa (Lindley) Rehder
TROY000039066 Conecuh 20 Mar 2014 Diamond, Alvin R.
Exochorda racemosa (Lindl.) Rehder
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