Black Jetbead

Rhodotypos scandens

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhodotypos (roh-doh-TY-pos) (Info)
Species: scandens (SKAN-dens) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dover, Delaware

Hinsdale, Illinois

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Traverse City, Michigan

Maplewood, New Jersey

Croton On Hudson, New York

Enid, Oklahoma

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a pretty and clean shrub from East Asia. It is not well known to the gardening public or to many in the nursery trade. Some landscape architects and designers know and use it. I have not seen it very much. Once in northern Illinois and twice in Pennsylvania. Many arboretums have some in their collections. My only concern is that it can escape cultivation by birds eating the black berries and join a number of Eurasian plants invading North America. I have not seen it be a horrible invasive, but others have. I know of only one plant escaped into the woods from the ones planted at an abandoned estate in se PA.


On Jun 30, 2012, bellafiore from Brookfield, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

INVASIVE in natural areas...forms thickets and crowds out native plants. Do not plant this. It is a weed introduced from Asia. I have it in my yard and am trying to eradicate it. Tons of seeds, plants come up everywhere. Too bad, it's pretty when it flowers and creates a good barrier. But it's being systematically killed and pulled in my yard. Replacing it with dogwood.


On May 7, 2011, mygardens from Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is absolutely one of my spring favorites. I planted some in sun, part sun, and shade. The ones with at least half day sun have many more blooms and have grown faster. I have not found them to be invasive, but if they are, I'll just pull them and pass them on. They are worth any possible inconvenience.


On Dec 6, 2006, Buckthorne from Northeast Harbor, ME wrote:

I've grown Rhodotypos on 3 different sites and never found it to sucker. I did not know it to be an invasive exotic but would concur that it is a very fertile plant.

It is in the Rose family and, as such, is lumped in with Spireas. The flowers are lovely and profuse, the "jetbeads" are abundant, attractive, and persist in the winter making its winter aspect very pleasing. Unpruned, the plant has a very pleasing branching pattern that also looks good in the winter.


On Jun 1, 2006, Equilibrium wrote:

A native of Korea, Japan, and China; this plant is highly adaptable to drought, poor drainage, poor soils, shade, compaction, and a wide range of pH. It suckers like mad and the seed has a high germination rate.

It is reported as being invasive in these states-
*Information from Swearingen, J. 2005. Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas. Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group.