Up to two metres tall, this small shrub is known to form thick bushes. The five petal flowers are large and white and develop into raspberry-like fruit which are quite sweet.
RANGE & HABITAT
Thimbleberries are found in cool climate areas from Alaska to California and east to the Great Lakes. These plants thrive in open areas and are often found in clearings, roadsides, and open forests in low to mid level elevations.
The berries are full of seeds, and animals that eat the berries also spread the seeds away from the parent plant. Thimbleberries can spread with their huge root systems too.
Natives bees love to eat the thimbleberry nectar hidden deep inside the flowers. Bears and birds also like the berries.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
Thimbleberries were harvested by many First Nations groups. They made tea by mixing the berries with other local berries. Some First Nations used the leaves to line their baskets and the bark was boiled and used to make soap.
Today people make jellies and preserves from the berries.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: Nancy Turner