Type: Deciduous shrub or small tree
Spread: 10-15 feet
Native Range: Eastern and Central US, in Missouri primarily south of Missouri RIver and throughout the Ozarks
Soil: adaptable to wide variety of soils
Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade
Tolerates: wet soil
Landscape use: Hedge, small specimen tree
Brief Description: Somewhat insignificant, creamy-green flowers in small axillary clusters bloom in spring (May-June). Flowers are followed by edible berry-like drupes (1/3″ across) which ripen to a very showy red before finally maturing in September-October to black.. This species was originally discovered in South Carolina, hence the specific epithet. Despite the common name, this species does not have thorns.
Wildlife Benefits: Birds are very attracted to the fruit.
Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.
Stand out Features: Beautiful, glossy dark green leaves
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