Plant is a large shrub with several spreading trunks, or
sometimes a small tree. Preferred habitat is wet soils
at the edge of lakes, ponds and streams. Distribution is throughout
the Escambia region.
The leaf is gummy and aromatic when crushed; two to five
inches long and one to three inches wide. The shape is oval,
broadest at the middle; finely saw-toothed and sometimes slightly
wavy. The color is dull green above and paler beneath, often
with hairs on the veins. Side veins are numerous and straight.
Flowers are yellowish and tiny, appearing in early spring.
The male flowers are drooping catkins and the female flowers
are in clusters of small cones that are usually less than 1/4
Fruit is a dark brown egg-shaped nutlets that are held
within the cone; hard, maturing in autumn, the cones remaining
attached until the following spring when new flowers emerge.