Eastern US, New York south to Florida, west to Nebraska and Texas
Multi-stem small tree. Pyramidal or round-topped head.
Prefers full sun and moist slightly acidic soil.
Native plants, could use naturalizing in moist deep soil along stream, could use edge of woodland. Fruit is edible and tasy when ripe. Excellent source of Vitamins A and C.
Alternate, simple, 6 to 12 inch long , one- half as wide, obovate -oblong shape, short acumiate apex, base entire. Golden Yellow in fall.
Terminal bud is naked, .33 to .5 inches long, dark brown color with pubescent, larger than lateral buds. Lateral buds are naked. Flower buds have pubescent, globose to rounded shape, 2 to 3 scaled, about .25 inch diameter .
Dark brown color, rough and slightly scaly with maturity.
Lurid purple, 1 to 2 inches across, 6 petals on each flower, early to mid May bloom at Zone 5.
Edible blooming brownish black, 2 to 5 inches long. Many shapes: elongated, rounded or bean shape. Tasted like banana, sweet. Attractive to animals.