Family, Staff Tree. Color dark purple. Calyx, of 4 or 5 divisions, produced under a short, flat disk. From the edge of the disk arise 4 or 5 petals, roundish, spreading, and as many short stamens. At length the disk covers and adheres to the deeply lobed, crimson pod. Flowers, in loose clusters in the axils, long-peduncled. Leaves, oblong or ovate, sharply pointed at apex, acute at base, narrowly toothed,on petioles. June.
Cultivated for its brilliant pods in autumn, but growing wild from New York to Wisconsin and southward to Florida