Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Japanese Raisin-tree - Hovenia dulcis   ThunbergOnly member of Hovenia in NC.
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AuthorThunberg
DistributionA single collection from Wake County in 1949: escaped to woods on Stony Branch, S of N.C. State campus, W.B. Fox s.n. (GA, GH, NCU).

Native of eastern and southeastern Asia; in N.A. only a few specimens from VA, NC, TX.
AbundanceVery rare. It would be interesting to know whether Fox's plant is still there or produced any progeny.
HabitatNear stream in woods.
PhenologyFlowering May-June.
IdentificationA small tree to 30 feet, leaves alternate, broadly elliptic to broadly ovate, the tip acute. The flowers occur on umbel-like clusters on separate stalks; the petals are white, 6-8 mm across. Fruits are violet to black, about 7 mm across.
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