from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sweet pepperbush.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Lowland forest understory growth tends to be more varied than upland growth, with sheep laurel, stagger-bush, dangleberry, black huckleberry, and sweet pepperbush as prominent shrubs.
On weekend days, Wallis and I ventured farther afield, to Peaked Hill, with its panoramic view atop the highest point on the island; over to the old Kings Highway, which tucks in behind Abel's Hill and winds north to Meetinghouse Road; up to Middle Road Sanctuary, where the huckleberries and sweet pepperbush perfume the forest.
Spring pruning stimulates vigorous new growth and greater flower production for butterfly bush, sweet pepperbush (clethra), "Peegee" and "Annabelle" hydrangea.