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.
Salmonberries ripen in May and June with anywhere from one to four flowers and berries on each short stem.
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.
Berries that taste great!
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: Christopher Porter