Family, Olive. Color, white. Leaves entire, oval, acute, petioled, somewhat thick. Calyx, 4-parted, small. Petals, 4, united at base, long, narrow, thread-like. Flowers, panicled, drooping, the long, wavy petals giving the whole shrub or small tree a soft and delicate appearance when in blossom, in May and June. Fruit, a purple drupe.

Banks of streams from New Jersey to Texas. Often cultivated.