An attractive native tree with glossy compound leaves and excellent deep yellow-gold fall color. Flowers are showy, creamy-white on upright panicles up to 10″ long. The translucent-yellow, grape-like fruit are poisonous. Fruit ripen in October and persist through much of the winter to give this tree many seasons of interest. Fish who eat the seed from fallen fruit are poisoned. Gray ‘sculpted’ bark gives great winter interest. Not commonly planted, but a great ‘almost unknown’ native! 50′ National Champion is in Greater Kansas City area. Soapberry Hairstreak specialist.
Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace
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