Broadleaf, deciduous shrub, fast growing to 3 to 6 ft (0.9-1.6 m) high with a similar spread, forming a rounded mound. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to elliptic, 5 to 20 cm long and 5 to 15 cm wide, dark green above and pale green below, strongly serrated, base rounded or cordate, tip has a gradual tapper (acuminate). Flower clusters are green at first and then dull white, large, broadly rounded, symmetrical, a foot (30 cm) in diameter; long lasting, a month or more, then gradually turn brown.
Sun to partial shade, maintain evenly moist soil
Hardy to USDA Zone (3) 4 The native range of the species is from Nenw York to Iowa and south to Florida and Louisiana. 'Annabella' was developed at the Univ. of Ilinois by J.C. McDaniel.
arborescens: arbor, tree, suggesting the shrub is similar to a small tree (an hyperbole)
Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of Parking Garage (PS1) on Washington Way east of 26th St.
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