Salmonberry (rubus spectabilis)

Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) is a beautiful native Pacific Northwest coastal berry-shrub reaching up to four meters in height. Its branches are golden brown and shred, are mostly unarmed and form in a ‘zigzag’ pattern, creating dense thickets. Its leaves are alternately arranged and deciduous, usually in groups of three leaflets. They are sharply toothed and pinnately venated. The flowers it produces are red-purple, red, to pink, and are about four centimeters across. It produces beautiful, vibrant yellow or red, raspberry-type berries, which have varying tastes to them. The berry is a popular foraging shrub in the Pacific Northwest, and the sprouts were eaten by many Northwest coast indigenous groups.