This raspberry relative is represented here by a single plant in the lowest elevation part of Leaning Oaks. Here it is in too much shade to flower and set fruit properly. Pity, for picking salmonberries was one of the joys of growing up on the coast, their fruit being the first of our native berries to ripen. Interestingly, salmonberries have different colour morphs, some plants are ripe when the fruit is yellow, others orange, red or almost black. This plant is worth growing in the garden for its early spring flowers, bright pink and a favourite of Rufous Hummingbirds as the first arrive on migration. We grow a double-flowered form in our garden, which is from a cutting that accidentally fell into a damp kleenix in a plastic bag in my pocket in a public garden.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.