Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub or small tree, to 20 ft (6 m) tall and similar width, dense, rounded. Leaves (rhododendron-like), simple, alternate, sometimes appear whorled at ends of branches, narrowly oval to oblong, to 7.5-20 cm long, leathery, dark green above, glaucous and slivery below; mid-vein and petiole may be tinged red. Flowers small, petal less, in axillary clusters (racemes), dioecious - male and female plants; male flowers deep purple-pink, female flowers green. Bloom in late spring and early summer. Fruit spherical, blue, finally blue-black, about 1 cm wide.
- Sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Benefits from winter protection
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to China, Korea and Japan.
- macropodum: with a large stalk, the leaves.