Bigleaf Snowbell - Styrax grandifolius
Primarily a southern tree with small populations north to southern Illinois, Bigleaf Snowbell is a shrub or small tree (40 feet) that grows in well-drained fertile soils on bluffs and in valleys alike, including Coastal Plain habitats. The trunk is straight and wide, the bark thin and smooth. The leaves are up to 7 inches in length and 5 inches wide, finely toothed, and dark green and smooth above, and pale beneath. The lovely flowers are fragrant and borne in 5-inch racemes, each with as many as 20 fragrant white flowers. The fruit is an orange-brown hairy capsule.