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Cyrilla racemiflora

Common Name(s):
Leatherwood, Swamp cyrilla, Titi
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Native to the wet coastal plains of the southeastern US. This shrub has attractive, smooth brown bark and rich green foliage which gradually becomes orange to maroon in the fall (zones 6-7).  It flowers on previous season's growth and attracts bees.  It does not like dry soil.   If left unmanged, it easily suckers to form colonies.

Height:
8-25 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; bright green below; gradually becomes canary yellow, orange
Flower:
3-6 in. drooping sprays of small, creamy white flowers in summer on new growth; fragrant; seed capsule persists into winter
Zones:
5 to 10
Habit:
Deciduous to semi-evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist to wet acidic soil high in organic matter; does not like dry soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Sprawling, spreading, loose, rounded shrub; stout, eccentric trunk; branches contorted and twisted
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist to wet soil
Fruit:
6 in. drooping sprays of white flowers late spring into summer produced on previous season ft.s growth
Width:
10-15 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, bees, pollinator plant, pollinators, honeybees, fall color fall interest, wildlife, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 474

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