General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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: 10-20 feet
Plant Spread: 10-25 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Clusters of 1/3 inch bright sapphire blue drupes.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile

Common names
  • Sapphire Berry
  • Asiatic Sweetleaf
  • Sapphireberry

Photo Gallery
Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NY
Date: May 16, 2015
Cloudy day, after rain.
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-05-22
Location: Arnold Arboretum Boston
Date: 2021-08-02
Immature fruit mid-summer
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 30, 2013 9:58 PM concerning plant:
    Sapphire Berry is a medium-sized shrub, covered in white blossoms in spring. Later berries develop. Those berries turn the most vivid and stunning shades when autumn arrives.

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