Native Shrubs ... in wildlife landscaping
West Virginia Native Plant Society
West Virginia Nongame Wildlife Program
|Form:||Open, many stemmed, broad rounded shrub with spreading and arching branches, to 5 to 15 feet tall.|
|Twigs:||Black - Stout, yellow-gray with
Red - Stout, large purple buds, with red-brown pith.
|Leaves:||In general, deciduous, opposite, and compound.
Black - Deciduous, opposite compound, 5to 11 (usually 7) leaflets, greenish fall color.
Red - Opposite, compound, 5 to 7 leaflets, downy beneath, greenish fall color.
|Flowers:||Black - Small, creamy white, in
large (6 to 10 inches wide) flattened clusters,
Red - Small, yellowish white, 3 to 5 inches long pyramid clusters, May.
|Fruit:||Black - Purplish-black, in large
flattened clusters that often weigh down branches,
Aug.-Sept. Excellent for jellies and wine.
Red - Scarlet or red, 1/4 inch diameter, in pyramid clusters, very showy late June-July.
Compiled by: Linnie Coon, outdoor writer and naturalist Comfort, West Virginia
Written by West Virginia Native Plant Society members and jointly published with the WV Nongame Program
Illustration from Flora of West Virginia, Strausbaugh and Core