What the Heck is This?

The little woman and I have been working hard at the old homestead fixing it up to sell. In the process, memories from long ago are dredged up:

  • we bought the lot when it was a swamp on the treeless prairie north of Winnipeg,
  • we designed and built our dream-home,
  • we lucked out and converted the dredging from the sewer and water project to fill for our swamp, and
  • we planted grass, trees, shrubs and flowers, many of which are still thriving decades later, but

What the Heck is this?

Unknown Shrub with clusters of white flowers with heart-shaped petals and oval leaves with round bottom and toothed tip

I thought I had planted Saskatoon berries in that place but this shrub is short, just 3 feet high, and the petals are heart-shaped and the leaves have larger teeth than the Saskatoon. So, the question remains, “What is it?”. We just don’t know and my searches of the web have failed. We both love it and may transplant some to bring to the new place. The shrub is encrusted with clusters of the flowers and the little woman is very happy with it. Anytime the little woman and I are both happy about a plant is rare and should be celebrated…

I searched Google Images for “flowers white five heart-shaped petals leaves oval toothed alternate” The closest match I have found is this copyright-expired drawing of a Saskatoon Berry. Perhaps it is a variation on the most common types or something found in the wild.

As the little woman notes, the petals are different and the teeth on the leaves are different. Is it a Saskatoon? Who knows?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to What the Heck is This?

  1. Katie says:

    Multifora rose (which is invasive) or perhaps bridal spirea

  2. Frances says:

    I was going to say a variety of Spirea. I had Bridal Veil and the flowers were the same individually but grew on the stem differently…leaves are identical. So I concur with Mr. Moon.

  3. Stefanie Palmer says:

    Whorled Class Viburnum
    Viburnum obovatum ‘Whorled Class’

  4. Thank you, Clarence Moon! I had compared several spirea but not that one.

    see Vanhoutte spirea and another source. Hah! It’s a hybrid descended from a couple of species over a century ago. That may explain why they have varied appearance in different images.

    Too bad they don’t bear fruit, just little brown follicles for the birds.

  5. Clarence Moon says:

    or Baby’s breath down here in the world.

  6. Clarence Moon says:

    Two words, Mr. Pogson, Vanhoutte spirea.

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