Shrubs with Dissected or Maple-Like Leaves and Smooth Stems )
Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)
Habitat: Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height: Up to 2 m
Description: This erect shrub has purplish to grayish brown bark. The leaves are opposite, and may show a slight maple-like appearance with three main lobes and only shallow clefts between them. The leaves are 4-12 cm long with a coarsely toothed margin. the leaves are hairy along the underside of the veins. The flowers are a creamy-white colour, growing in small clusters of 3-5 flowers. The individual flowers are 2.5 cm across, and often grow out of short, two-leafed branches. The flowers are replaced by a round berry that is orange when first formed, but ripens to red.
Similar to the much less common highbush cranberry, it is more widely disbursed. If found on the eastern slopes, it will be the low bush cranberry. The three lobed leave are not as deeply lobed as the high bush. Also, the berries do not grow on terminal clusters, but along the branch, at the end of two leafed branchlets. There are usually only around 3-6 flowers in a cluster. The yellowish berries ripen and turn red. The berries are often used to make jellies and jams.
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