Creamy white 2-4" cymes bloom in early spring while leaves are still opening, attracting dozens of different pollinators. Lustrous green leaves, narrow-to-oval with pointed tips, turn to bronze-red in fall. Dark bluish-black ½" fruits with a waxy bloom form hanging clusters through fall, in a similar way to highbush cranberry. Long used as a food source, eaten raw or put away in preserves.
Rounded arching shrub stiffly branched, reminiscent of a wild hawthorn or crabapple. Suckering nature allows it to form a dense colony or hedge, but it can also be pruned as a nice specimen that can reach 20-30' in height.
Transplants easily and is adaptable to many soil types, moist to dry, sun to shade. Two or more plants are required for fruit. Appears to be disease and pest free. Native to eastern U.S. Z3. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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