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This member of the Honeysuckle family contains about 20 species of perennials, shrubs or small trees native to north temperate and tropical regions, growing in rich, moist soils. White flowers and showy berries in large panicles.
A native stoloniferous, multi-stemmed shrub, broad and rounded with an arching habit. Bright light-green leaves and yellow-white flowers in profuse and large flat-topped cymes. Fruits are purple black in drupes. Fruit attracts wildlife, is good for wine and absolutely delicious for jelly, tasting like grape. Wild collected in Nova Scotia.
This, along with S. caerulea are considered one of the best low summer-flowering shrubs for wildlife habitat improvement. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Cold for germination.
30 seeds $4.00
Native to northern North America occuring in a range of habitats from wet or moist sites along river edge or lakeside to moist or dry mixed forest. This deciduous shrub or small tree is a fine ornamental with lance-shaped, green leaves divided into five to seven leaflets and interesting brownish-red-warty bark. Pyramidal clusters of ivory flowers in late spring are followed by bright red berries in late June. The berries are (very) attractive to birds and ripen just about the time that baby birds need them in late June to early July. There appears to be controversy over whether the juice of the berries is toxic to humans. Certainly the roots, flowers, seeds, leaves, as well as the fruit's pulp while still green, possess cyanide-producing glycosides. Some sources believe, however, that the berries (minus the seeds), when fully ripened and cooked, are fine for consumption and make a wonderful, tart jelly. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
30 seeds $4.00
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