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Cyrilla racemiflora

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Cyrilla racemiflora

ironwood

Ironwood is a graceful, multi-stemmed and upright to spreading deciduous shrub that grows 7-15’ tall. In summer, it produces attractive fragrant 3-6” long pendent, finger-like clusters of creamy-white flowers. The leathery leaves of this species can turn brilliant red in the fall; in mild years, leaves may be nearly evergreen. Ironwood performs best in full sun to filtered shade. It prefers moist to wet acidic soils, but tolerates drought. It is an excellent shrub border candidate. Some companions include Nyssa sylvatica, Liquidambar styraciflua, Magnolia virginiana, Ilex verticillata, Ilex glabra, Zenobia pulverulenta, Clethra alnifolia, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, and Osmunda regalis.