Notice the glossy green leaves against the immature fruits! The leaves are deciduous, opposite or sometimes whorled, 2-6 inches long, and glossy. Leaves emerge late in spring; the plant looks dead until it finally begins to leaf out. Fall color is an unimpressive yellow.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Cephalanthus occidentalis, buttonbush, small tree, large shrub, flowering shrub, deciduous, native