Please help identify two native shrubs in Sequim, WA.
One is tall, about 8 - 10 feet, multistemmed. The leaves are very large, up to
8" long, oval, smooth, alternate. It bloomed last week, in the last week of
August to first week of September. The flowers are tiny, white, strung along on
3" long strands, foamy looking. Each leaf node, along the stem, has a tuft of
flowers. The flowers look like seaspray flowers, but the shrub definitely isn't
a seaspray or an elderberry.
The second shrub is about 3 feet tall. The leaves are 1" long, oval, smooth,
alternate. Currently, it has bright red, rather translucent berries (not
opaque-surfaced, like a cotoneaster). The berries have a little circle on the
bottom, like a blueberry. I saw this shrub growing in a clear cut field, along
the trail to Shi Shi Beach.
Wendy (Sequim, WA, Zone 8)