From Natural Gardens (page 68): "Like the preceding this plant prefers the drier portion of the bog areas. In walking through the shrub complex one will note the clumps of pepperbush on the little knolls which extend just a few inches above the highest water table. The erect pointed racemes of the relatively large flowers, with their dark anthers giving them a peppery aspect, are very characteristic (Fig. 41). This low shrub is genuinely attractive when seen en masse with its numerous spire-like inflorescences pointed at all parts of the sky. In addition the flowers possess a very pleasing fragrance. It is an exception to the bog type in that the leaves (Fig. 33) are deciduous. The pepperbush is readily transplantable and in moist places should make a good growth without any shade whatsoever."