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Cyrilla racemiflora

Native Plants

Ironwood

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Summary

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.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    semi-evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Soil Type
    mid-summer 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown