- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 8-12 ft (2.5-4 m) high with greater spread, multi-stemmed, suckering, upright slender branches. Leaves opposite, palmately compound, 5-7 leaflets, each 3-20 cm long and 3-10 cm wide, acuminate, crenate-serrulate, medium to dark green, grayish and pubescent below, petiole 8-13 cm long. Flowers white, with 4 petals (12 mm long), thread-like stamens, extending well beyond the petals, in cylindrical clusters that are 20-25 cm long. Fruit 2.5-8 cm long, pear-shaped, smooth.
- Sun or light shade, in well-drained, acid soil. Slow to establish.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native range extends from South Carolina, Georgia to Alabama and Florida.