Rubus spectabilis, Salmonberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Rubus spectabilis, Salmonberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Rubus spectabilis, Salmonberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Salmonberry

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Rubus spectabilis

  • Size at maturity: 4-10' tall, 4-10' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun to full shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: edible, supports hummingbirds

Salmonberry produces a yellow or reddish fruit, that is very delicate and is easily crushed. Like its relative the Thimbleberry, the fruit of the Salmonberry can range from very tasty to poor, depending on the local conditions and the individual plant. Salmonberry flowers are 1–2” across and vary from pink to magenta. They appear singly or in small groups from March to April, either just before or along with the new leaves, and ripen into fruit by July. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: "File:Salmonberry Blossom.jpg" by Überraschungsbilder is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo Credit 2: "Salmonberry" by catalex7 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "File:Salmonberry, Rubus spectabilis.JPG" by Jrtayloriv is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0