My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“Take every opportunity available because the chances of having it again are not very good. Looking back, I did do a lot, but I could have done more.”
Sara Di Pesa, English major

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Leatherleaf Chamaedaphne calyculata
Heath Ericaceae family

Leaves are narrow and elongated, toothless, leathery-feeling, somewhat shiny, and evergreen. They appear yellowish underneath, and if you look with a hand lends you will notice the entire leaf is covered with tiny rust-colored dots. 1 - 2" long. Leaves get smaller toward the end of the twig, and often they point up.


Flowers are tiny, white bell-shaped flowers, tinged with yellow, that grow in a raceme from the end of the twig. They, unlike the leaves tend to stay the same size toward the end of the raceme. Once the flower has gone by, a brown, hard seed-pod is left in its place.



Twigs are woody and hairless.

Form/Habitat: Leatherleaf is a low shrub (to 4'), that grows near the water. You will often find it at water's edge, and in bogs.

NWI Status: OBL



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