Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf, deciduous, multistemmed shrub, 6-10 ft (1.8-3 m) tall, with a similar spread, rounded, open when mature. Stems purplish with appressed pubescence on younger branches. Leaves simple, opposite, 5-10 cm long and 2.5-5.5 cm wide, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, tip pointed, base rounded, margin entire, medium to dark green above, somewhat whitish below, white or brown pubescence on lower veins. Fall color may be green, brown to purplish-red. Flowers yellowish white, borne in flat-topped clusters (cymes), 4-6 cm across. Fruit blue, but may fade to white in the sun, about 6 mm diam., ripens in late summer; reportedly a favorite of some bird species.
- Sun to part shade
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native range from Massachusetts to Georgia and west into New York and Tennessee
- amomum: an Indian spice plant
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south side of Bloss dorm (2011).