(Coastal Sweet-Pepperbush - Coastal White Alder - Coastal Pepperbush)
Clethra tomentosa (Lamarck)
Clethraceae (White Alder) Family
Plant is a shrub or small tree. Preferred habitat is stream banks, pine woods and savannas. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; a whole part (simple); short leaf stalks; widest at the middle to oblong or lance-like; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal. Margins are toothed and leaf base is wedge-shaped.
Flowers are at the end of the stem in a raceme or panicle; bisexual; symmetrical; five sepals and five petals; white; ten stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.