Flower: Purplish-brown, broad bell shape, 6 petals, 1 to 1 1/2 inch across; appearing with or slightly before the leaves.
Fruit: Very unique in that they resemble a short, fat banana, 2 1/2 to 4 inches long, at first green then tuning yellowish then brown as they ripen in the fall; very fleshy and tastes much like a banana.
Twig: Dark brown, with purplish-brown, fuzzy, naked bud which is flattened and often curved, terminal bud 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.
Bark: Smooth, brown, splotched with wart-like lenticels, often with light gray patches.
Form: A small tree up to 40 feet tall, 12 inches in diameter, often found in groups.
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