Rosaceae
Rubus spectabilis

Salmonberry

Erect shrub often growing in thickets, strongly bristly below, with few to many weak thorns above. Stems round, yellowish or brownish, bark shredding. Leaves divided into 3 or sometimes 5 distinct, sharply toothed leaflets. Flowers 1–1 1/2 in. across, 5 petals pink to magenta. Fruit yellow, salmon, or reddish, mushy in texture, edible but not flavorful. Grows along coast and streams, in deep moist woods, burns and clearings, banks of Columbia River, to 5000 ft. First collected by Meriwether Lewis on the banks of the Columbia on March 27, 1806.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Early-Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--15 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, West Gorge, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes