Symplocos tinctoria (L.) L'Her - Sweetleaf
Family - Symplocaceae
Flowering - February - June.
Habitat - Upland and alluvial woods, stream margins, hammocks, wet flatwoods, bottoms, sandhills.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This small tree can be found throughout Alabama and is common. The plant can be identified by its simple leaves, which have a sweet, pleasing scent when crushed. The flowers are distinct and have many stamens.
Photographs taken at the Auburn University Arboretum, 3-6-05.