Sub-category: Spicebush family
A mound-shaped, deciduous shrub. grows 6 to 15 ft. tall, with erect, multiple stems and glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Terminal blossoms are solitary and dark red with numerous overlapping, strap-like petals. The bark has a strong camphor smell that is released when stems are scraped.
Generally found in landscaping or near streambanks in Connecticut. Blooms late spring through early autumn.