|Symplocos tinctoria is a semi-evergreen shrub or small tree, with a tendency to sucker. Found in woods and swamps from Delaware to Louisiana. Foliage is glossy, dark green, persisting into spring. Small, yellow, fragrant flowers are borne in clusters from the leaf axils in mid spring, on last year's wood. Fruits are a small orange-brown drupe. A good choice for naturalizing in its native regions.