A rare suckering shrub found in the bootheel of Missouri. Showy catkins (flowers) appear in early spring followed by thick, shiny green leaves. Fall color is yellow. Chartreuse fruit held close to the stems. Bark has showy light colored lenticels (small ‘spots’). Extremely light wood hence the name, is less dense than cork. Separate male and female plants. Difficult to find in the trade.
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