February 16, 2000
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PLANT PROFILE:
American Black Currant

American Black Currant is a Wisconsin native understory, thornless shrub with showy yellow flowers that bloom from May to June. Edible berries high in antioxidants follow, with foliage turning a beautiful crimson-gold in autumn.
February 16, 2000
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Fragrant Sumac

Fragrant Sumac is a dense, low-growing Wisconsin native shrub noted for its pungent fragrance. Tiny yellow flowers bloom in April, followed by small red berries that persist into winter. With fantastic orange, red or maroon fall color, Fragrant Sumac is an excellent groundcover in tough urban sites.
February 16, 2000
alderleaf buckthorn rhamnus alnifolia ftimg

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Alderleaf Buckthorn

Alderleaf Buckthorn is a spreading Wisconsin native shrub that prefers wet conditions such as bogs, riverbanks, and low-growing areas. Foliage is similar to invasive buckthorn but is not aggressive in the same way. Alderleaf Buckthorn can prevent the invasive variety from taking over and is useful in restoration projects.
February 15, 2000
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Sweetgale

Sweetgale is a delightful Wisconsin native plant at home in moist to wet areas along wetlands, bogs, marshes, streambanks, and low-lying areas. An underused shrub with many benefits, Sweetgale has pink catkins in spring, followed by small, greenish-yellow to brown nutlets that persist into winter. In addition to fixing dinitrogen, Sweetgale provides great coverage and food for birds. To set fruit, one male must be present for every three females is required.
February 14, 2000
swamp fly honeysuckle lonicera oblongifolia ftimg

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Swamp Fly Honeysuckle

Swamp Fly Honeysuckle is an unusual and not often seen Wisconsin native shrub home to bogs, swamps, and consistently wet areas. Dainty, creamy white trumpet-shaped flowers bloom from May into June, followed by small, orange-red berries in autumn.
February 3, 2000
appleleaf chokeberry aronia melanocarpa var grandifolia shrub ftimg

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Appleleaf Chokeberry

Appleleaf Chokeberry is one of the finest medium-sized Wisconsin native shrubs for landscape use. Superior glossy, green foliage turns bright orange-red in fall and deep purple fruits stay on through winter. Suckering and tolerance to wet soils make Appleaf Chokeberry excellent for mass planting, in naturalized and woodland gardens, for erosion control and windbreaks, and in excessively wet soils.
January 28, 2000
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Roughleaf Dogwood

Roughleaf Dogwood is a Wisconsin native shrub with small, yellowish-white flowers that bloom in late spring, giving way to white drupes that mature in late summer. An important source of food for birds, Roughleaf Dogwood prefers moist conditions and is excellent for woodland edges.
January 28, 2000
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Western Sand Cherry

Western Sand Cherry, a Wisconsin native perennial shrub, explodes with masses of white blossoms in spring, followed by large quantities of edible sweet purple-black fruits. Leaves turn reddish-purple in autumn, bringing color when most other plants begin to fade.