Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Pearlbrush - Exochorda racemosa   (Lindley) RehderOnly member of Exochorda in NC.
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Author(Lindley) Rehder
DistributionFive counties scattered in the lower Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain. First collected by Massey and Leonard in 1972 in Halifax County.

Native of China; in N.A. MA to GA; also MN to LA.
AbundanceRare. Becoming more widespread(?), or perhaps we just now are finding out-of-the-way populations.
HabitatRoadsides, fencerow, thickets, river bluff.
PhenologyFlowering February-April.
IdentificationCommon Pearlbush grows colonially from underground rhizomes and sends up stems (may be numerous) to 7 feet tall. Leaves are elliptical or oblanceolate, flowers bright white, about 1.7 inches across. Each of the 5 petals narrows to the base, where attached to a circular disc.
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Global RankG5
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