This is a pod from my Sweet Shrub Bush. This shrub is native to the Appalachian stream banks of the Smokies. Thomas Jefferson recorded planting Sweet Shrub at Monticello on March 7, 1778. He gave them as gifts to fellow gardeners and included them in a box of American plants shipped to Madame de Tessé in Paris. Sweet Shrubs have deep maroon flowers with sweet fragrance similar to strawberries in late spring and glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Flowers are quite fragrant. At the moment this bush is sticks and pods.
The day I took the photo it was overcast and pouring down snow. The little streaks you see in the photo are snowflakes whirling by.
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