Japanese raisintree Rhamnaceae Hovenia dulcis
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, ovate, 5 to 7 inches long, serrated margin, 3 prominent veins originate from leaf base, petiole long, shiny green above, paler below.
Flower:Large (3 to 4 inches across) clusters of small (1/3 inch), very pale green (nearly white) fragrant flowers, appearing in mid to late summer.
Fruit:Round drupe, 1/3 inch in diameter, in small clusters, reddish brown when ripe in early fall, edible and sweet (like a raisin).
Twig:Moderate, reddish brown; buds gray to brown, finely hairy, broadly conical and pointed.
Bark:Light gray, shallowly fissured with flat, peeling narrow plates.
Form:Small tree reaching up to 30 to 40 feet in height, with an open, spreading crown.