Rhodotypos scandens
Common name: 
Black Jetbead
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub to 6 ft (1.8 m) possibly more, mounded, spreading branches.  Leaves opposite, simple, to 6 × 4 cm, ovate, acuminate, rounded at base, biserrate, corrugated above, yellow-pubescent below.  Flowers white, to 4 cm wide, solitary, terminal, 4-lobed, 4 bracts (epicalyx, i.e., resemble the outer calyx).  Fruit to 8 mm, 1-5, glossy, black, persist into winter.
  • Sun to shade.  Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.  Tough plant
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4.    Native to China, Korea, and Japan   It was introduced into the United States in 1866 as an ornamental.
  • Caution:  It has been found to be invasive in natural habitats away from intentional plantings and is currently found in at least 17 states east of the Mississippi (https://www.invasive.org/weedcd/pdfs/wow/black-jetbead.pdf). 
  • Rhodotypos: from the Greek rhodon, rose, and typos, a reference to the similarity of the flower to that of a rose.    scandens: climbing
  • Portland, Oregon: Elk Rock.
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