Salmonberry

Rubus spectabilis

APPEARANCE

Salmonberry grows in groups and reaches up to four metres tall. It has leaflets that grow in sets of three. It has pink flowers that bloom in spring and its salmon-red coloured berries ripen in summer. The thorny stems of the plant are covered in papery brown bark.

RANGE & HABITAT

It can be found along the coast from Alaska to north western California. It is commonly found in shady areas in wet forests. In B.C. this plant is found in the Georgia Depression and Coast and Mountains ecoprovinces.

LIFE CYCLE

Salmonberries ripen in May and June with anywhere from one to four flowers and berries on each short stem.

ANIMAL USES

Salmonberries are one of the many berries which bears and birds eat.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

The young shoots of the salmonberry were peeled and eaten raw or steamed. Its berries can also be eaten raw or dried.

MODERN USES

Berries that taste great!

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.linnet.geog.ubc.ca

Photo: Christopher Porter