Height: shrub 10-12 feet tall and bushy
Light: sun or shade
Soil: damp; even grows in standing water
Native to the Eastern United States
Bright green branches purple with age. Leaves are reddish and then turn bright green. Silky, downy hairs on leaves. Catkins appear in early spring before the leaves come out.
Pollinator value: Very High
Attracts bees and beetles; butterfly and moth larval host, notably the Acadian Hairstreak. Early nectar source for pollinators. Beautiful ornamental specimen, especially in damp areas.
Good native alternative to the invasive Russian olive--Go Botany.