This is one of the most nondescript spring and summer plants I know. But when fall starts rolling around, its round clusters of purple berries look like purple kabobs on a stick. In fact, when the leaves fall off, their display has a very unique look. Now this is not a real tame native plant. I have see them six feet tall and equally as wide. But here is the good thing, they do not mind being pruned. While some folks prune it like the one above, I prefer to prune them in winter and spring before they bloom and set fruit. There is also a white selection, Bok Tower, that is my favorite, but it is not showing its color quite yet. While this is the native one, there are several other species that have smaller clusters of fruit and can be seen in the Hulsey Woods at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I guess I am old fashioned, but I like both the native purple ones or white ones. Now these plant come easily from seeds, and typically they are spread by birds. If you do not cut the fruit and the berries drop, expect seedlings in the spring. Both the purple one and white selection come true from seeds. But, as beautiful fruiting deciduous shrubs, they are the best purple and white fruits of fall.