Photo taken of shrub May 13 in Pickens County SC near highway 11. Friends saw it in flower at an earlier date; one stated “pinkish” flowers, and the other said “whitish”. Not far from an old house site in dampish woods. Thanks!
this looks like the commonly planted glossy abelia, Abelia x grandiflora. The ‘x’ means it is of hybrid origin. However, that plant does not have hairs on the sepals. Its close relative Kolkwitzia amabilis does have these hairs, so if I am seeing this correctly on your picture it is that plant commonly called beauty bush.
Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS