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Cartrema americanum

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Devilwood (Cartrema americanum) is an open, broadleaved evergreen shrub growing up to 10’ tall and wide that provides a solid backdrop to fall’s kaleidoscope of color. Plants are dioecious and females have the added bonus of clusters of blue berries in the fall, which feed migratory songbirds. Leaves are a glossy dark green and contrast well with other plants in the formal or naturalistic garden. Devilwood does well in a mixed shrub border in shade where a subtle backdrop is needed. It also tolerates wet soils,  making it an excellent choice for tough sights that are shaded and moist. Plant it with eastern leatherwood (Dirca palustris), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), Florida anise tree (Illicium floridanum), white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata), and blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia). Formerly known as Osmanthus americanus. Zones 6-9. 

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