Deciduous shrub 15-20 ft. One of the first native shrubs to bloom in the spring, flowers green-white, in hanging clusters at ends of leafy branches. Fruit is cherry shaped, orange-red then red-purple, quickly consumed by, and seeds spread by, birds. Palatable when fully ripe”
One of the first native woody plants to flower. Optimistic observers consider its bloom a sign that spring is near, whereas pessimistic folks consider such a view as “excessive exuberance”. When young leaves are chewed, the flavor is reminiscent of cucumbers. Prefers partial shade. Good for wild plantings where its size and suckering habits are not a disadvantage. A nearby male plant needed for female plants to set abundant fruit. Native to lowland wetland forests.
Fast to moderate
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