A deciduous suckering shrub which typically grows to 8-12’ tall supposedly with a sprawling habit. We tend to see it as an upright, loose shrub that likes to almost take on a tree form. It has opposite, pinnate-compound, green leaves (6-9” long) which have 5-7 leaflets (each to 4” long). Flowers form a dome-shaped clusters (panicled cymes) of numerous, tiny, fragrant, white flowers. The red berries in summer-to-fall are enjoyed by the birds.
We see it growing in swamp and, as in our garden, on very dry sand. It can grow in sun and in shade. Blooms in late April with clusters of white flowers. Young leaves are a vibrant green against almost black stems.
Pronunciation: sam-BYOO-kus ray-see-MO-suh
Species Meaning: Having racemes (a type of flower cluster)
Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy, nutrient-rich, neutral to slightly acidic loams. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: N0002
There are several of these growing in the garden, primarily in the undeveloped area at the top of the yard. At least one of these will be retained because the birds love to eat the fruit.