Eubotrys racemosa is a shrub 1-4 m tall; colonial from root sprouts; roots associated with highly specialized ascomycota ericoid mycorrhizae, (Allen1991); bark smooth, gray.
Leaves alternate, elliptic, 3-8 cm long, about 2 cm wide, margin finely toothed.
Flower buds red, in narrow, 1-sided racemes, flowers white, vase-shaped, radially symmetrical, 0.7-0.9 cm long, sepals pointed, 0.2-0.3 cm long; May-June, insect pollinated.
Fruit dry, 0.4 cm wide, persistent,, seeds very small.
Wetland status: FACW.
Frequency in New York City: Occasional.
Habitat: Understory shrub of undisturbed moist forests or swamp forests, in acid soil, margins of woodland ponds and vernal pools, moist to wet understories of oak woodlands, needs acid soil. Found in forest soil pH 4.8 (Gargiullo unpublished data). Tolerant of shade, saturated soil up to 75% of growing season. Intolerant of salt (Hightshoe 1988).