Virginia to Florida, west to Illinois
Rounded to broad rounded with spreading, often pendulous branches.
Low wet soils, floodplains, full sun and wet-dry soils
Attractive to wildlife
Alternate, simple, oblong-lanceolate; entire margin, dark green and glabrous; turning to yellow in the fall.
Buds are tightly appressed to stem, tightly pointed and pubescent
Resembles C. occidentalis but without the wart-like protrusions
Insignificant, mostly monoecious, greenish flowers appear in spring (April-May), with male flowers in clusters and female flowers solitary.
Orange-red to blue-black, very sweet and juicy, and relished by birds.
Bill Wandell's 'All Season's Sugarberry' - has an excellent, well-balanced crown, full and fine-textured, small lustrous green leaves that turn good yellow in the fall, smooth American Beech-like bark, excellent growth under adverse city conditions and cold hardiness.
Cross between C. laevigata — C. occidentalis called 'Magnifica' - does not develop witches' broom, is drought resistant, salt tolerant and withstands low oxygen tensions.