The leaves are alternate on the twigs, simple and finely toothed (often entire near the base). They are medium to dark green in color and 1.5-4 inches in length and about half as wide. It is important to remember that the leaves are slow to emerge in spring. It is not dead!
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Clethra alnifolia, summersweet, clethra, sweet pepperbush, deciduous, shrub, flowering shrub, summer flowering shrub