Rose-of-Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow)
Branching: Alternate

This tall introduced multi-stemmed shrub is commonly planted in gardens, and occasionally is found in the wild.  It's fruit pods, which are often found in the winter, are distinctive.  Also, the buds often had two small "stipules" on either side of the bud, but they are not always seen.

Lateral bud of Rose-of-Sharon

Another view of the lateral bud.  Notice the two small "stipules" on each side of the bud.
This is typical of Rose-of-Sharon buds

The distinctive fruits of Rose-of-Sharon

A view of the bottom of the chambered fruit pods

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