Identification: Bowen Island seedling

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest Native Plants' started by sarahrowe, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. sarahrowe

    sarahrowe Member

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    A few of these seedlings are popping up in a shady area near a grove of Arbutus trees on the south shore of Bowen Island. The deer eat almost everything else in the area, so if this is a native species we will plant more! Does anyone know what it is?
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Snowberry.
     
  3. Chilumba

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    It snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) as posted above. It is a native plant found in garry oak ecosystem which the arbutus is also part of. It will spread underground and create a small hedge in a few years. Here is a link were you can find some info on it and other native species. http://www.goert.ca/propagation_guidelines/shrubs/symphoricarpos_albus

    Two other native shrubs with lots of color are the red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) a source of nectar for hummingbirds is the red flowering currant and oceanspray(Holodiscus discolor) but the deer might nibble on it a bit.
     

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