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Sweetleaf

Symplocos tinctoria, common sweetleaf
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Symplocos tinctoria, common sweetleaf

Symplocos tinctoria (the common sweetleaf, horse-sugar, or yellowwood) is a deciduous or evergreen shrub or tree. It is recognized by pith of twigs chambered; by foliage not notably aromatic when bruised, leaves finely hairy beneath. Shrubs or trees to 17 m tall by 36 cm.

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