(Shepherdia canadensis)

soapberry fruit
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soapberry flowers
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soapberry in winter
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Soapberry is a dioecious, thicket-forming shrub, widespread across most of Canada. It can be found in forest openings, understory, slopes, and riverbanks of the boreal or western elevated sites. Yellow Flowers in a round inflorescence occur from April to May followed by tart, red to yellowish berries. Often used for jams, teas or dried; they're edible/medicinal and "Soapy" when crushed. Loose, open branches bear elliptic leaves, opposite in arrangement, and turning red in the fall. Soapberry is hardy and tolerates a variety of light and soil conditions.