This native plant has a variety of uses, in addition to being a natural beauty
- The species is named after 16th century Dutch botanist Peter Paaw.
- The seeds and young shoots of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
- Native Nations once crushed the seeds and young shoots, using them to daze fish and make them easier to capture.
- Black dye can be harvested from the wood of this plant.
- The roots can create a natural soap
- These plants are commonly found in the woods, along streams, in thickets, and on rocky hills.
- The leaves of this plant usually drop off by the end of the summer.