The Georgia Plume - Elliottia racemosa, is most easily recognized by the large plume like inflorescence of white flowers that appears in late June each year. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree that reaches heights of 6 - 36 feet tall, growing in an erect fashion with a single trunk and narrow crown. It is native though rare in only a few locations in Georgia. Elliottia is a small genus of 4 species, two of which are endemic to Japan and 2 to North America, one of which is a Western shrub.
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The bark of the Georgia Plume is gray and furrowed when young, becoming blocky and similar to that o the Sourwood when mature. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate, oblong or narrowly elliptic with a tapered base and abruptly pointed tip. The upper leaf surface is dark green and hairless, the lower surface is paler and sparsely haired. The flower is bi-sexual about 2 cm long with 4 petals, white in color produced in showy terminal racemes or panicles. The fruit is a four lobed brown or blackish colored capsule that is approximately 1 cm in diameter maturing each Autumn and persisting into the Winter each year.
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