oblanceolate, obovate, spatulate, oval
May - July
A small tree with thin shreddy, reddish brown bark and three-angled twigs found in swamps and acid soils. Its drooping racemes are distinctive and hang down from node of previous years growth. Similar to Cliftonia but with beautiful vein pattern when held up to light.
Is a preferred browse for deer. In thickets, it also provides escape cover for wildlife. Honey from the flowers is esteemed by many. Cattle may eat the leaves in winter if better feed is lacking.
Pocosins, bay forests, low pinelands, bottomlands, swamps, and along streams.