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Fetterbush
Pieris floribunda

Family: Ericaceae

Preferred Habitat: grows in moist and shady to open and dry, most often found near or in wet sites such as flatwood forests, savannas, and bogs

Range: Native range covers Eastern Asia and Siberia

Height: up to 3 meters (9 feet)

Leaves: simple, alternate, 7 cm long, 3 cm wide, elliptic, upper leaf surface is shiny green and dull green underneath, leaf margin has distinct ridge along lower side

Flowers: occur in upright clusters of up to 9 cm wide, fragrant white flowers appear in April, each flower is 0.5 cm long and urn-shaped

Fruit: five-chambered, oval capsule, 0.5 cm in diameter, the tiny, brown clusters appear in clusters around the stem

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: is a powerful tonic herb used for centuries for maintaining good health rather than treating illness