Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 5-8 ft (1.5-2.4 m), dense and rounded. Leaves opposite, palmately compound, 3 leaflets (ternata = in threes), each 2.5-7.5 cm long, glossy, sessile, rounded, lustrous green, when crushed they emit a pungent odor. Flowers fragrant, white, (each ca. 2.5 cm wide) in 3-6 flowered-clusters (corymbs) at end of shoots. Blooms for an extended period.
- Sun. Well-drained, acid, moist soil. In the Pacific Northwest an established plant does not need summer water.
- The cultivar ‘Sundance’ has golden yellow foliage and grows at a slower rate. A few other cultivars are mentioned in the woody plant literature but they rather difficult to locate in US commerce.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to Mexico.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on the west side of the south entrance to Dearborn on Campus Way.