Rubus spectabilis/Salmonberry

Rubus spectabilis/Salmonberry

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Salmonberries brilliant magenta flowers are an early spring delight and offer an important source of nectar to the returning rufous hummingbirds. These flowers are followed by early summer fruit that is usually a cluster of bright orange fleshy seeds (although there is an occasional red variant) that has the appearance of salmon eggs. In winter, its lightly prickled newer twigs shimmer tawny-orange in the low light. Salmonberry is a relatively low-growing shrub, rarely growing more than 8 feet in height, and usually less. Habitat: Salmonberry generally requires moist soils or shade or both. Where it is found growing with vigor in full sun, it almost certainly has a source of moisture in the soil, and can be an indicator of hidden springs. In the right conditions, it will form a dense thicket.

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