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Sweetshrub is a deciduous, flowering shrub with medium texture, medium growth rate and an upright oval to mounding form. It tends to form colonies by spreading outward from the mother plant. Foliage is aromatic when crushed. Flowers, borne in April and May, are highly fragrant, with a clove-like aroma. Fall color is yellow. With new flowerbuds not yet opened, this specimen had the remains of a seedpod still attached to one branch.
Found in fertile woodlands along sandy streams and hillsides. Grows in acid soils in the Southeast, predominantly in the Piedmont and mountains. It prefers moist, fertile soils in full sun to partial shade, but it is moderately tolerant of adverse conditions.
Spotted growing along stairs to suspended bridge at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on Apr 15, 2013