Deciduous, North American shrub
Description: Bears long-stalked clusters of yellowish-white flowers in late spring; followed by blue-black fruits; glossy-green foliage colors red to reddish-purple in fall
Habit: Medium-sized, upright shrub grows 10-12 feet high and 10 feet wide
Culture: Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin: North America
Attributes: Fall color, Showy fruit
This handsome shrub is native from New York to Louisiana and was first introduced to European gardens in 1752. 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.