Flowers are small, fragrant and yellowish-white appearing in drooping clusters of 6-20 blossoms. They are perfect, regular, with five septals and petals. While leaves emerge in mid-spring, the flowers require 14.5 hours of sunlight to form. The flowers are fragrant and insect pollinated. The nutlet is small, downey, hard, and cream colored .5 to 1 ” in diameter.
|Season Bloom||Late Spring|
|Habitat||Typically found in a sugar maple-basswood forest it is our northern most hardwood. Flowers offer nectar for insects and seeds for small mammals Bees love it. Leaves are also a larval host of butterflies, especially the Ribbed Cocoon Maker.|
|Leaf Description||Leaves are simple, ovate and alternately arranged, asymmetrical with the widest area at the base. Typically 4-6 " long, can be up to 10" long with a coarsely serrated margin. Dark green, smooth and shiny above when in full leaf, paler beneath with tuffs of hairs on the primary veins. Yellow fall color.|
|Soil Type||All Types|
|Light Source||All Types|