I’m often reminded of the importance of scientific names when I go looking for information. Searching only for “Ocean Spray” turns up a good bit about cranberry juice manufacturing before you get to the flower! I did see that it’s also called ironwood, because its hard wood was used for tools, weapons, furniture, and so on. And it’s one that begins coming back quickly after fires – it’s not only beautiful, it’s useful.
Yes, it was used by the native people for many uses. I’ve read that they used it to make bows, but I can’t remember seeing large enough limbs to use for that. I’ll have to look more closely. Perhaps I can find a large one for a hiking staff, although there isn’t much wrong with the one I’ve been using since 2008, made out of Black Hawthorn.