Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub or small tree, 12-25 ft (3.5-7.5 m) tall, wide, flat-topped irregular crown. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 4-12 cm long, acuminate tip, margin serrulate, dark green, pubescent below, may show reddish purple color in fall; petiole 1-2 cm long. Flowers purple, about 1 cm across, clusters have 7-15 on slender branched stalks, 2-4.5 cm long. Fruit crimson, smooth, to 1.5 cm wide, deeply 4-lobed, opening to expose a scarlet aril covering a brown seed.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to range from New York to Florida and west to Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
- atropurpureus: atro, dark, purpureus, purple.