Showy, fragrant white flowers appear in early spring before the leaves unfurl. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators and give rise to purple-black berries relished by both songbirds and people. The colorful fall foliage is a blend of orange, gold, red and green.
Blooms early, even before the leaves appear
Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators
Provides berries for robins, bluebirds and other birds
Handsome landscape plant that grows well in moist soil
Edible berries are delicious in jams, jellies and pies
Great fall color
Found in open, rocky woods and slopes, wood borders and stream banks.
Researchers have documented at least 26 different types of wildlife that feed on this plant. It is especially popular with songbirds starting in June when the fruit reaches maturity.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.