|A dwarf form of the species, keeps to a shrub size. Deciduous or evergreen tree or shrub, which can reach 30 feet tall, in the species, more usually it is 10-15 feet tall. It is multi-stemmed with smooth grayish brown bark. The glossy leaves are between 2-8 inches long, medium green on the upper sides, white to silvery below. Flowers often have a slight lemon scent, usually white or cream colored, an excellent choice for placing near a patio or porch. The outer seed coat is red to orange, providing fall interest. Native to swampy areas of Georgia and Florida and west to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, north to New York and Massachussettes. Although it's native habitat is swampy, under cultivation it does not tolerate saturated soil.