Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
The twin berry tree blooms with deep yellow tubular flowers by the end of March attracting butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds. By June the purplish black double fruit begins to appear and often overlaps the flowering season. Many birds and small mammals dine on the little black berries and use the peeling bark to build their nests. Indigenous Peoples named this tree “crowberry” and use the berries as a black pigment. The berry juice has even been used to prevent hair from turning gray.