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The Western Service Berry a


A. alnifolia, Nutt.

The Western service-berry grows over a vast territory which extends from the Yukon River south through the Coast Ranges to northern California and eastward to Man itoba and northern Michigan. In the rich bottom lands of the lower Columbia River, and on the prairies about Puget Sound, it reaches twenty feet in height, and its nutritious, pungent fruits are gathered in quantities and dried for winter food by the Indians. Indeed, the horti

culturists consider this large juicy fine-flavored, black, berry quite worthy of cultivation, as it grows in the wild to one inch in diameter—the average size of wild plums.