Whether planted in sun, or heavy shade, the black jetbead will prosper, making it a potential choice for shady sites. Use as a specimen or border plant. Showy white flowers, crisp green foliage, and black fruit clusters make this shrub distinct throughout the growing season. This shrub does reseed and can be a problem in natural areas if not controlled.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & form
3 to 6 feet high and 4 to 9 feet wide.
Open, loosely branched colony-forming shrub
Tree & Plant Care
Easily transplanted in full sun to dense shade , pH adapbtable. Best in well-drained soil.
Tough plant for difficult conditions, tolerant of polluted conditions.
Tolerant of aerial salt spray.
Disease, pests, and problems
Can be considered invasive near natural areas in some states. Use with caution.
No serious disease or insect problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Japan and central China
Attracts birds & wildlife
Birds can eat berries and dispurse in woodland areas
Bark color and texture
Young stems are green and smooth, older stems are gray and reddish brown.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, simple, 2 to 4 inches long with sharp, double serrated margins.
Bright to medium green with ribbed veins and long pointed tip.
One of first shrubs to leaf out in spring.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
White, 4-petaled flower at tip of branches. Blooms in late spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A shiny black cluster, of 3-4 elliptical hard berries (drupe). Fruit is persistant in winter.