|each berry is about 4-5mm|
Lori Anderson, maker of fabulous jewelry and whirlwind of energy behind the Bead Soup Party, commented that she had never seen it before. Neither had I before I moved to the South (USDA hardiness zone 8b). You and Lori can locate your growing zones on the USDA Plant Hardiness Map at the US National Arboretum site. The map subdivides zones which really helped me to understand my growing zone. Although we are in Georgia, we are more like central Florida than central Georgia. In fact, my little corner of town is even warmer and wetter because it is insulated by acres of swamp.
Many people in this area spend time getting rid of it, but its long arching branches and palm-sized leaves shade a grouping of ferns that needed a bit of cover after I pruned a camelia back by a third. I felt pretty good about allowing them to grow because the birds could eat the berries, but I have read that they will do this only as a last resort when all other food sources are gone. They will grow in zones 5 to 8, and if you are looking to plant some, there are long discussions about them at iVillage Garden Web and Dave's Garden. I've also read that it can help keep flies, ticks, and mosquitoes out of the yard.
|leaves turn yellow in the fall and berries become brighter|