Cascara (Frangula purshiana)

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One of the best plants for wildlife!

Cascara is an easy tree to grow, and one of the best wildlife plants around! It is very adaptable, and found in many habitats across the pacific northwest. Its berries ripen in the late summer, and are a favorite of many native birds. Moths and butterflies also use Cascara as a host plant. Cascara has long been used by native people as a laxative. After colonization, many Cascara trees across the PNW were killed for their bark, and its population dramatically decreased. Today, however, Cascara populations have rebounded. This is a very hardy, drought-tolerant tree that works almost anywhere in the landscape.

"Frangula purshiana" by Ken-ichi Ueda