These trees and shrubs in 80 or so species hail from the woods and riverbanks of North America and, mostly, E. Asia. Some are evergreen, and all are dioecious. They are grown for their aromatic foliage, which often has good fall color, for their starry yellow flowers in spring, and for their brightly colored berries that attract wildlife.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFragrant foliage; showy fruit. Deciduous species have nice autumn color.
CareProvide partial shade and fertile, moist but well-drained, acidic soil.
PropagationTake cuttings in summer or sow fresh seed.
ProblemsGenerally trouble-free, but watch for anthracnose, dieback, and rust.