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| Devil's Walking Stick, Angelica Tree, Hercules'-club, Pigeon Tree, Prickly Ash, Prickly Elder, Shotbush, Toothache Tree|
Devil's Walking Stick occurs in moist soil at the edges of woods in the Pineywoods, where it usually forms thickets by suckering. Its spiny trunk is only sparingly branched. The prickly leaves are alternate and usually twice pinnately compound. Its white flowers, produced from July to August, are in terminal clusters of small umbels. The fruit, a black fleshy berry with purple juice, is eaten by many birds and other wildlife. The bark, roots, and berries were widely used in the frontier apothecary.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree
Exposure: partial sun
Flower Color: light-yellow or white
Blooming Period: summer
Fruit Characteristics: black fleshy berry
Height: to 40 ft.
Width: to 12 ft.
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: high medium
Water Requirements: medium
Soil Requirements: adaptable