swamp cyrilla Cyrillaceae Cyrilla racemiflora
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen or tardily deciduous, leathery, entire margins, obovate or oblong, 2 to 3 1/2 inches long, shiny green above, paler below.
Flower:Small, white occurring in narrow, elongated clusters, 3 to 6 inches long, appearing in early summer.
Fruit:Dry, 2-celled capsule, 1/8 inch long, matures in early fall and persist well into the winter.
Twig:Slender to moderate, smooth, grayish brown, very small buds, and shield-shaped leaf scar with 1 bundle scar.
Bark:Initially smooth and gray-brown, on large stems it can become ridged and spongy.
Form:Small tree up to 30 feet tall, spreading crown, often forming dense, impenetrable thickets.