Deciduous, North American shrub
Description: Bears flat-topped clusters of small white flowers in late spring to early summer, which are followed by blue-black berries; maple-shaped, medium-green leaves turn beautiful shades of reddish-purple to magenta in fall
Habit: Small, rounded, suckering shrub grows 3-6’ tall and 2-4’ wide
Culture: Prefers dappled sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil; tolerates a range of soils, including some drought conditions
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8
Origin: North America
Native to eastern North America, this attractive shrub was first introduced into cultivation in 1736. While living in Paris, Thomas Jefferson desired to introduce many North American species to his European friends. In 1786, he wrote to the Philadelphia nurseryman John Bartram, Jr. requesting seed of various native trees and shrubs, including this species. Best grown in open woodlands, shrub borders, and hedges. The flowers attract butterflies and the berries are enjoyed by birds.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is approximately 2’ tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.