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June-Berry. Shadbush

Categories: Vii Wild Food On The Trail

There are berries on trees as well as on bushes and vines, at least they

are called berries though not always resembling them.

The June-berry is a tree from ten to thirty feet in height, while its

close relative, the shadbush, is a low tree and sometimes a shrub. The

fruit resembles the seed-vessels of the rose; it grows in clusters and

is graded in color from red to violet; it has a slight bloom and the

calyx shows at the summit. It ripens in June and is said to be sweet and

delicious in flavor. The oblong leaves are sharply toothed, rounded at

the base and pointed at the tip. The young leaves are hairy. The flowers

are white and grow in clusters.

The shadbush grows in wet places and its fruit is smaller and on shorter

stems. It is also said to be more juicy. The leaves are rather woolly.