Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
6-8’ H x 4-6’ W
Small, tubular, pale pink-to-lavender blossoms at the base of leaf axils
Bloom Time Notes:
Opposite, large, and ovate-to-elliptical in shape; deciduous
Spherical clusters of round magenta drupes that ripen from Aug-Nov
The berries are food to many species of birds, as well as opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and deer. Deer also eat the foliage.
Woodland clearings, right-of-ways, and upland sites, growing in a wide variety of soil types from moist-to-sandy
Sun or Shade:
Best used in mass plantings that can include Hydrangea quercifolia, Aronia arbutifolia and Rhododendron maximum
Cultural notes: Native Americans used the roots, leaves, and branches for a variety of medicinal purposes. Crushed leaves are purported to repel mosquitos.