This large decidous shrub features compound bright green leaves starting in April followed by dense clusters of white flat topped flowers in late May. These flowers provide nectar and pollen to many winged creatures while sky blue berry clusters are heavy, edible and prized by native birds.
Fragrant flowers attract native butterflies
Tolerates wet feet
Easy care and fast growing
Unusual berry color brightens the landscape
Native songbirds love its fall berries
Berries make great wine or jam
Forest edge or stream sidee from Washington south into California and east through the Rocky Mountain States, New Mexico and Texas.
Most songbirds travel at night. They spend the daylight hours resting and searching for food in the unfamiliar places where they stop. It is thought that the lower night temperatures and stiller air make better flying conditions.
Prefers full sun to partial shade, well drained moist to dry soil.