Symplocos paniculata Pinaceae
Sapphire Berry, Asiatic Sweetleaf sim-PLO-kos pan-ik-u-LA-ta
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to about 10 ft (3 m) high, outspreading branches, pubescent at first.
Leaves alternate, simple, ovate-elliptic to obovate-oblong, 3-7 cm long and about 3-4 cm wide, tip
acute or acuminate, base broad wedge-shaped, margin finely serrate and rough to the touch, bright green
above with impressed veins, slightly pubescent below; petiole to 1 cm. Flowers white, about 1
cm across, fragrant (scented like Hawthorns), in terminal 4-8 cm wide clusters (panicles) on short shoots,
5-petaled, numerous stamens. Fruit pea-sized, sapphire blue in large clusters.
- Sun, well-drained neutral or acidic soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Himalaya, eastern
Asia. Reportedly the cooked fruit is used in jams, jellies and sauce.
- paniculata: with flowers arranged in panicles.
- Salem, Oregon: northwest area of Bush Prairie Park.