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    Can someone please help me ID this plant and its use if any?
    These were thick along the Russian River Falls trail.

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    if you get by there again take some more pictures and some measurements...Leaf against white paper with perhaps a ruler, branch pic to see if leaves are alternate or opposite, average plant, shrub, tree height and width, woody or herbaceous stems or trunk, flowers, berries, habitat (wet, dry, sandy, etc)

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    Rusty Menziesia

    Found this great Alaskan wild flower site.
    http://www.turtlepuddle.org/alaskan/wild/flowers-2.html

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    Looks like one of the several willow varieties.

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    It might be Fool's Huckleberry also known as Rusty Menziesia, and False Azalea. Grows in deeply shaded, moist woods at low to high elevations. Grows 3 to 9 foot tall, has light brown banches, leaves are bluish green that are an inch to 3 inches long. The flowers are bell-shapped and light orange to rust colored, blooms in June.

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    I could bewrong, but that looks like high bush Blue Berry plant.

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    I second that. It looks quite similar to the High bush Blueberry plants that are common here around southeast ak.

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    Watermelon berry. Tasty, juicy, but big seeds

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    False huckleberry. Has many common names, which is why botany folks use botanical names, common names get confusing and can lead to miss identification. This plant would be Menziesia ferruginea. It's native to AK and is found all over the west. Uses, not any I know of.

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