A native flowering shrub that blooms in late spring and reaches 9 feet. Bark of young shoots stays scarlet red through winter. Prefers moist areas in low woods, along streams and swamps but will tolerate open upland areas with adequate moisture. Produces blue and white ¼-inch fruits in early fall that are quickly consumed by birds. Can be used for wildlife cover in mass plantings and as a shrub border where other shrubs do not grow well.
Seedlings are one year old, 6 to 18 inches (avg. 16).