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Post Sun May 03, 2015 7:10 am

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I've been trying find out where cramp bark comes from. After searching online I found that it looks identical to a snowball bush/tree that I have in my yard. The only difference I can tell is that mine doesn't grow berries, only the flowers. Would the bark have the same properties? Or do I have something entirely different? Thanks

Jan

Post Sun May 03, 2015 7:25 pm
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It is EXACTLY the same tree only the ornamental varieties are sterile, hence no berries.

Post Mon May 04, 2015 12:01 am
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Yup. Viburnum opulus. Harvest branches for the bark before it flowers in the spring.

Doc

Post Mon May 04, 2015 12:10 am

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Yay!!!! That makes me so happy!!! I HAVE CRAMP BARK IN MY YARD!! But now I'm sad because it's already full of blossoms :( Does that mean I can't get any cramp bark from it until next year. Aren't there any useful properties in it after the flowers bloom? :/

Jan

Post Mon May 04, 2015 9:02 pm
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The medicine is stronger before and its lots more traumatic to the plants once they're making flowers.


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