Gorgeous Stranger

I need your help.

I’ve encountered the most amazing plant/shrub/bush/tree in the woods, and I’ve searched and searched  and I can’t figure out what it is.

It’s growing on a hillside in a montane habitat; probably 30 to 50 feet up from the shore, where the creek feeds in to the lake. There are actually three or four of these; I’m not sure if they are bushes or  young trees. They’re between three and six feet tall, I think.

Here’s a picture of the leaves and you can see some flowers peeking out:

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Here’s a picture of some of the young twigs; I thought their shapes, and the weird little knobby bits, were sort of interesting:

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The “trunk” or larger branches have rougher, more speckled and bumpy bark. And now, for pictures of hte amazing, tiny flowers, all smaller than my thumb nail.

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Note how the one above has only four petals, and the middle bit has only four sections? (Sorry, I really need to learn my botany terminology, I promise I will some day). All the other flowers I photographed have five petals and five segments in the middle. Interesting, huh?

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The picture above is, obviously, the back/underside of the flower, plus one tight shiny little bud.

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Anyone have any idea what this is? Other than stunning . . .

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5 thoughts on “Gorgeous Stranger

  1. Try wahoo, or Euonymus. Spindlebush is another name.

    The seedpods are so stunning that you very rarely see photos of the flowers …
    but if that’s not it then sorry, I don’t know what it could be.

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