Outstanding multitrunked shrub or small tree native to swamps and moist forests of the Southeast. Grows upright to 1020 feet tall, half as wide. Leaves are glossy, dark green, leathery, 23 inches long. Spreads by suckers to form thickets along streams. Best used in a naturalized area. Clusters of small, fragrant pinkish white flowers bloom in early spring and attract bees and butterflies. Tiny egg-shaped fruits appear in fall. Prefers acid soil with lots of organic matter. 'Berry Pink' is a pink-flowered selection.