TREES & Plants

Black jetbead

Whether planted in sun, or heavy shade, the black jetbead will prosper, making it a great shrub for shade sites, as a specimen or border plant. Showy white flowers, crisp green foliage, and black fruit clusters make this shrub distinct throughout the growing season.

Botanical name: 
Rhodotypos scandens
All Common Names: 
Black jetbead
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
  • Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
  • Alkaline soil
  • Clay soil
  • Road salt
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Mounded
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care


Disease, pests, and problems


Disease, pest, and problem resistance


Native geographic location and habitat



Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife


Bark color and texture 


Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture


  • Texture: crisp
  • Color: green

Flower arrangement, shape, and size


Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions


Cultivars and their differences