Deciduous shrubs or small trees with stellate pubescence. Twigs rounded; pith relatively large, continuous, with a network of firmer strands. Buds solitary, sessile, the lateral small, the terminal larger, rosy, acute. Leaf-scars alternate, clustered toward the tip, triangular; bundle-trace 1; stipule-scars none.
Shrub to 3 m. high, on the coastal plain
Taller shrub or small tree, to 6 m. high, in the mountains
1. C. alnifolia L. Sweet Pepperbush. Shrub 1-3 m. high; twigs slender; terminal bud about 5 mm. long. Damp woods, on the coastal plain, Texas to Florida, north to Maine (Fig. 239).
Fig. 239. Clethra alnifolia.
Fig. 240. Clethra acuminata.
2. C. acuminata Michx. White-Alder. A shrub or small tree to 6 m. high, with upright or spreading branches; twigs slender; buds tomentulose, the terminal 5 mm. long; fruit a persistent ovoid nodding capsule, 5 mm. long. Woods, in the mountains, West Virginia to Georgia and Tennessee (Fig. 240).