Black Jetbead (Rhodotypos scandens)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 9 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: black shiny drupes in groups of 3 or 4 about 1/3 inch long
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-16close-up of flower
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-12shrubs in bloom
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-12foliage and flowers
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: May of 2014mass of shrubs in bloom
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-11-09clump of black berries at top of photo
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-11-14escaped shrub in woods
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 3, 2018 10:58 AM

The Black Jetbead is native to Japan and central China. It is a nice, pretty, clean shrub, though not flashy. It has bright green doubly toothed leaves to about 4 inches x 2 inches that resemble birch or elm leaves that only get a poor yellowish-green fall colour. Young twigs are green, shiny, and hairless that turn brown to become gray-streaked and reddish-brown. The white flowers are about 2 inches wide with 4 petals, which is unusual for a member of the Rose Family. The shiny black berries are in clusters of 3 or 4 and are present from autumn into spring. Easy to transplant with fibrous roots. It is not a common plant in the Midwest to the Atlantic Coast in the US. Some large, diverse, conventional nurseries offer some, and it is landscape architects or designers that know of this species and might occasionally use it. I saw a very few in the Chicago , IL, area and I've seen it in two locations in southeast PA. One Pennsylvanian location, in West Chester, was near a 18th century house of poor condition that had a number of less known ornamental woody plants around its large property that in 2018 has been totally erased and is being developed into a site for several large houses. Some escaped shrubs in the nearby open woods were also erased along with the woods. The other PA location near Media had a number of jetbeads planted in the back landscape by a lady who was a horticultural enthusiast. I see it as a nice plant but I am concerned about any more east Asian plants escaping cultivation into the woodland edges, though I don't think this species was really invasive.

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