Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
General - straggly to erect shrub, 0. -2 m tall; bark smooth, reddish to dark grey.
Leaves - opposite; round to obovate, 4-10 cm wide, shallowly 3-lobed, sharply toothed, hairy below.
Flowers - 3 to 30 in flat-topped to rounded clusters (1-3 cm across) on short stems from leaf axils; flowers are small; appearing in June and early July.
Fruit - light red or orange, berry-like drupes, 8-10 mm long, with single, large, flattened stone; edible, juicy, acidic, strong smelling; ripening in July and August.
Moist forests, thickets, margins of wetlands and streambanks, widespread across the NW Ontario boreal region.
The berries are edible but best suited for preparation of delicious jellies.
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