Tall (15-20') shrub with alternate leaves. Leaves are ovate, smooth. Upper surface of leaves is slightly sandpapery (it gives some resistance if you go against the grain). Fruit drupes are ovoid in shape and red in color.
Shaded edges of dirt road in meadowy clearing surrounded by dense mixed hardwood forest. These shrubs are plentiful!
Leaves, bark, and fruit are highly aromatic and have medicinal and culinary uses. Dried and powdered berries can be used as a substitute for allspice while the bark can be substituted for cinnamon. A tea can be made of young twigs.
Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69
Spotted on Sep 9, 2017
Submitted on Sep 13, 2017