Shrubs, deciduous, aromatic. Branchlets dichotomous; buds naked, hidden [or not hidden] by base of petiole. Leaf blade membranous. Flowers terminal on branchlets, solitary, not aromatic, distinctly pedicellate. Tepals numerous, distinctly dimorphic [or not]. Stamens numerous; filaments short; staminodes few. Carpels numerous, with silky hairs. Pseudocarp campanulate, base with an attenuate long stalk, apex constricted. Achenes oblong.
Twigs quadrangular to nearly terete, pubescent to glabrous. Buds naked. Leaves 2-ranked. Leaf blade elliptic, ovate, or ovate-lanceolate; surfaces adaxially scabrous. Flowers maroon or reddish brown, rarely greenish or green-tipped, with strawberry or pineapple scent. x = 11.
|Strawberry-shrub, sweetshrub, spicebush [Greek kályx, covering, cup, and anthos, flower]|