false azalea Ericaceae Menziesia ferruginea
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, obovate to elliptical, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long, dark green above and paler below, with a finely serrate or entire margin, sticky, malodorous when crushed.
Flower:Urn-shaped, 1/4 inch, yellow to orange-pink and often described as rust-colored (hence ferruginea), borne in few-flowered clusters appearing May to July.
Fruit:An oblong woody capsule, glabrous, 1/4 inch long, splits into 4 segments when mature, mid to late summer.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, somewhat pubescent, buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs, sticky.
Bark:Red-brown to gray-brown, thin, becomes scaly.
Form:Upright shrub that may reach 10 feet tall. Twigs often appear in whorls from central stem.