Category: Tree - Deciduous
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: To 15' tall, 6' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Large compound leaves to 3' long. Tall thorny stems. White flowers in clusters to 3' tall in summer, followed by black fruit. Suckers and needs a lot of space - but Bob McCartney suggests growing it as an isolated specimen in a mowed lawn area.
Native from Florida to New Jersey.
Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 273 in 1753.
Introduced in 1688. RHS Award of Merit in 1974 for fruit.
I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Woodlanders in May 2013 and planted it in the Gumball Border Garden. It was immediately eaten and disappeared. I thought it was dead but it came back in spring 2014.