This hardy tree grows to 30 feet tall, and has pendulous branches with dark, shiny, serrated leaves. It has scaly bark that is reddish-brown in youth and grey when older. It grows dense, rose-like flowers that have a fishy odor that attracts pollinators. Its red berries are used to make pies and preserves.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Most of Canada, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Diuretic, astringent, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and used to treat heart conditions, sore throat, kidney conditions, edema, diarrhea, dysentery, and STDs
For all conditions, boil 1 handful berries in
1 quart water for 30 minutes. Strain, and drink 1 cup per day.