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Cascara

Rhamnus purshiana

Easy to Maintain Native to Pacific Northwest Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Native, deciduous tree; nice fall color and small berries that attract wildlife. Named purshiana after Fredrick T. Pursh, an important early North American plant collector.

Growing Conditions:
Shade-tolerant, but does well in sun. Best in moist, well-drained soils.

Uses:
Berries are attractive to birds and other wildlife.

Height:
30' at maturity

Width:
25' at maturity

Shape:
Erect, oval with graceful, sparse branching.

Flowers:
Umbrella-shaped clusters of small, green to yellow flowers in summer.

Leaves:
The tree's elliptical green leaves become yellow, orange, red, or purple in fall. Leaf surfaces are wavy.

Bark:
Thin, smooth and burgundy when young. Grayish-brown, somewhat scaly on mature trees.

Native to Pacific Northwest. Bark has important medicinal properties.