fivepetal cliffbush Hydrangeaceae Jamesia americana Torr. & A. Gray Listen to the Latin symbol: JAAM Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, simple, deciduous, ovate, to 1 1/2 inches long, serrate, green with sunken veins above, fuzzy white below.
Flower: Showy, white or tinged with pink, to 1/2 inch, somewhat fragrant; borne in round to flat-topped clusters at the ends of branches; appearing midsummer.
Fruit: A dry brown capsule, 1/2 inch, often downy hairy, ripening in early fall and persisting through winter.
Twig: Slender, red-brown to orange-brown, somewhat pubescent, buds woolly white, leaf scars slender.
Bark: Reddish brown to orange-brown or weathering to gray, shreddy.
Form: A rounded to columnar shrub to 4 feet.
leaf fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Jamesia americana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting fivepetal cliffbush.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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