oblong, elliptic, lanceolate, obovate
March - April
A small tree with stout, 4-angled twigs, and opposite leaves with purple petioles and rolled leaf margins.
Plants dioecious (so some individuals will not bear fruit); fruit a dark blue (at maturity) drupe. Drupes green prior to ripening.
Fruit is utilized by a variety of bird species and the plant is also browsed by deer.
Rich woods, along streams.