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Sapphire Berry
Symplocos paniculata

Family: Symplocaceae

Preferred Habitat: prefers average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun

Range: Native range is the Himalayas and eastern Asia

Height: up to 6 meters (20 feet)

Leaves: ovate to obovate, finely toothed, dark green color, up to 10 cm long

Flowers: 5-10 cm long panicles of creamy white, fragrant flowers in late spring followed by clusters of sapphire-blue berries in fall; flowers occur on previous year’s growth

Fruit: long drupes of sapphire-blue berries in fall

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: this species is also called Asiatic Sweetleaf