Sweet pepperbush. Abundant in Coastal Plain understory; looking a little lost here.
In the mountain habitat garden near the story tellers chair. Full flower.
In the coastal plain habitat garden. First flower.
Common along the edge of a Carolina bay, where the wet-savanna vegetation of the bay meets a mowed/herbicided powerline right-of-way.
Clethra is a genus of between 30-70 species of flowering shrubs or small trees. It is one of two genera in the family Clethraceae (the other being Purdiaea). The species may be evergreen or deciduous, and all bear flowers in clusters or inflorescences.