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Moist to dry woods, dune slopes, wet-mesic swamps.
Quebec and New Brunswick west to MN, south to FL and LA. Less frequent to the west.
Small, upright shrub to 2 m. Leaves palmately veined, 3-lobed, maple-like, coarsely toothed. Inflorescence a mostly 7-rayed cyme, 3-5 cm wide; flowers white. Fruit blue-black, ellipsoid or subglobose, 8 mm.
Flowers late May to early July
Wetland indicator: Upland
Notice in the last image the reversion to a simple, entire leaf in the terminal shoot.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.
Michael Hough © 2005