The native wahoo is similar. Grows in a variety of habitats including forest edges, old fields, and roadsides but also in undisturbed forests. Birds and other wildlife eat and disperse the fruit. Creates dense thickets displacing native plants. Commonly planted as an ornamental because foliage turns bright red in the fall. This species is regulated under New York law; it is legal to sell, purchase, and transport, but it is illegal to allow it to escape into a free-living state.