Type: Deciduous tree
Spread: 15-30 feet
Native Range: Southeastern US
Ideal Site Requirements:
Soil: average well drained
Water: medium to wet
Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade
Tolerates: wet soil
Landscape use: rain garden, naturalize in wild garden, shrub border, becomes leggy in full shade
Brief Description: Small understory tree/shrub, often spreads via root suckers, cup shaped purple flowers in spring, edible fruit in early autumn, large slightly drooping leaves.
Wildlife Benefits: Wildlife eagerly eat fruit.
Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.
Stand out Features: Edible fruit similar in flavor and consistency to bananas, best fruit set occurs between unrelated trees.
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