Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mtns, rare in Piedmont, endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Look for it in moist forests, heath balds, margins of rock outcrops at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clethra acuminata   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clethra acuminata   FAMILY Clethraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 143-01-001:
Clethra acuminata   FAMILY Clethraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Sweet-pepperbush, Cinnamonbark, Cinnamon Clethra, Mountain White-alder


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_clac3_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm130420_513

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm130420_518

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm060508_036

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Its shreddy reddish (cinnamon-like) bark is distinctive, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_167

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_acuminata_7_23_06_3

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

Pedicels 2-6(-11)mm, stellate-hairy; bract longer than flower, per Flora of North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_acuminata_7_23_06_5

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

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JK Marlow    jkm120815_729

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers in terminal racemes or narrow panicles, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

picture of Clethra acuminata, image of Clethra acuminata

JK Marlow    jkm120815_730

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Sepals and rachis woolly, white, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Clethra acuminata, image of Clethra acuminata

JK Marlow    jkm120815_735

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves oblong or elliptic, 8-20 cm long, acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.


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picture of Clethra acuminata, image of Clethra acuminata

JK Marlow    jkm150827_876

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Capsules subglobose, dehiscence loculicidal, enclosed by persistent calyx, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm150827_877

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0310f_34

October    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit matures in autumn and persists through winter, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Clethra acuminata, image of Clethra acuminata

JK Marlow    jkm0310f_36

October    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

The bark is reddish-brown and thin, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0511c_28

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden