This shrub species was introduced from Japan. The panicle of white tube flowers bloom in June. The leaves are highly variable in size and shape (B,C). They are opposite on stems which are again opposite and at right angles to the main stems. The leaves turn reddish-brown in the fall. These shrubs can grow in the open up to 7 feet tall.
One shrub was found in 2014 off Hawthorn Trail, on a steep slope overlooking the Childs Hollow lake. It most probably had escaped from cultivation. Because of the location, it is assumed that a fruit (berry) was brought in by bird.
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