Wahoo is a Chicago region native offering beautiful fruit in fall. It may be difficult to find this species in local nurseries.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area
- North America
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Zone 9
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Occasional flooding
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Compact tree (10-15 feet)
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Late spring
- Late summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
Size and Form
12 to 20 feet high and 10 to 20 feet wide; upright, irregular form; can form colonies.
Tree & Plant Care
Removal of suckers may be needed to control size.
Disease, pests and problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Common along streams.
Attracts birds & butterflies
Several species of birds eat the seeds.
Bark color and texture
Bark is gray and relatively smooth, developing splits as it ages.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, opposite leaves, oval with a very finely toothed edge; dark green; 2 to 5 inches long.
Fall color is pink to red.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small, maroon flowers with 4 petals; on long stalks in loose clusters in later spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
This plant yields an attractive, 4-lobed reddish-pink fruit capsule with scarlet aril.