common pearlbush Rosaceae Exochorda
racemosa (Lindl.) Rehder
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, elliptical to obovate, 3 inches long, green or blue-green above and glaucous below, margins mostly entire but with some small teeth on the upper third of the leaf.
Flower: Perfect, showy, white, solitary or clustered, 5 rounded petals, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter, lacking fragrance; borne on a 3-5 inch raceme on the old wood; appearing in spring; the opening flower buds resembling bright white pearls.
Fruit: Small (3/8 inch), white to brown, 5-celled capsules.
Twig: Alternate, slender, red-brown, becoming somewhat corky; leaf scars narrow, with 3 bundle scars; buds scaly and red-brown.
Bark: Rough and scaly, red-brown to gray.
Form: A loosely branched shrub up to 15 feet tall.