jet blackbead Rosaceae Rhodotypos
scandens (Thunb.) Makino
Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate to cordate in shape, 3 to 4 inches long, 3-lobed, doubly serrate, palmately veined with veins sunken on upper surface giving the leaf a slightly wrinkled look, green above and paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; attractive, white, 4-petals, 2 inches across, appearing singly at the branch tips with the leaves.
Fruit: Bead-like drupes in clusters of 1 to 4, each 1/4 inch in diameter, rounded, red turning purple-black when ripe; maturing in fall and persisting.
Twig: Slender, velvety-gray; buds ovoid, stalked with 4 dark purple scales.
Bark: Smooth, warty, grayish brown.
Form: An upright suckering shrub that grows to 6 feet tall.
Looks like: doublefile viburnum