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A deciduous shrub, ultimately 8 or 9 ft high, with erect branches; young shoots covered with a very close, fine down. Leaves obovate or wedge-shaped; 11⁄2 to 4 in. long, 3⁄4 to 2 in. wide; abruptly tapered at the apex, toothed except near the base, almost or quite glabrous except on the midrib and stalk, the latter being downy and 1⁄8 to 3⁄4 in. long. Flowers fragrant, 3⁄8 in. across, thickly set on erect, cylindrical, downy racemes 2 to 6 in. long and 3⁄4 in. wide, produced in August at the end of the current season’s shoots and in the axils of their uppermost leaves. Petals white, obovate, rounded at the apex; sepals persistent, ovate, downy; stamens and style glabrous; flower-stalk 1⁄8 in. long, downy.
Native of eastern N. America; introduced in 1731. A very handsome shrub, useful on account of its late flowering. It loves abundant moisture at the root. Propagated by layers or by separating the sucker growths at the base.