A large shrub or small tree producing white flowers in late spring followed by red berries on female plants in fall/winter. Fruiting requires pollination from a male plant. The berries persist through winter and are an important food source for birds. Bluebirds and mockingbirds especially like the fruit. Adaptable but prefers well-drained, dry to moderate soil moisture.
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
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