Flower: White, 1/4 inch long, borne on drooping panicles, reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley flowers. Present late June to August.
Fruit: Dehiscent, 5-valved capsules borne on panicles. Capsules are dry when mature (September to October) and release the tiny, 2-winged seeds.
Twig: Olive green, changing to red, with buds that are small and oppressed. Leaf scars are elevated with one bundle scar.
Bark: Grayish brown, very thick with deep furrows and scaly ridges. Often the ridges are broken into recognizable rectangles.
Form: A small tree, usually with poor form and an irregular crown.
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This page was last updated on August 31, 2001.