Salmonberry

Salmonberry

It’s Latin name is Rubus spectabilis.

Around here it is known as “brush”. It is used as a stream or river bank stabilizer because of it’s mat like root system.

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Serviceberry

Serviceberry

It’s Latin name is Amelanchier alnifolia.

It is also known as Saskatoon. Native American Indians used the fruit as a food staple. The fruit can be used in pies and jams. I have yet to find any fruit so I cannot say what they taste like. I think the birds get all of mine. The flowers are bright white and very showy.

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Trillium

Trillium

The Trillium isn’t far behind the Skunk Cabbage in blooming in the Spring, but it has a lot more appeal. It pops up just as the False Lilly of the Valley leaves start to show through the duff suivant. The flower starts out white and then changes to purple as it ages. Look for them in the shady understory.

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Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

It’s Latin name is Lysichiton americanum. It’s also known as Swamp Lantern.

It is definitely a wetland indicator. It has a definite skunky smell when it first emerges in the spring. The leaves can be lance shaped to elliptical and get up to four feet tall by two feet wide. The leaves were used by the natives and early settlers as a substitute for today’s waxed paper.

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Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry

It’s Latin name is Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens

Red elderberry can be either a small tree or a shrub. We have some that are almost twenty feet tall, though most average around eight to ten feet.

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