South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Salmonberries: an early summer treat

Salmonberry - ripe and unripe


It didn't seem like summer when Juneuary gave way to Julember, but plants gotta bloom and fruit, and fruit they are.

Salmonberries [Rubus Spectabilis, Wikipedia article here] look similar to commercially produced raspberries. They're common in disturbed areas along paths or clearings at the edge of the big trees. Green Timbers Park in Surrey has a trail called the Salmonberry Trail, although most trails through wooded areas will have at least a few, often within arms reach. The bush can grow up to about eight feet high and the delicate purple flower is a sign of Spring. The fruit ripens in June. Most of the berries will fall off (if not eaten) by mid-July, but can last longer.


Salmonberries aren't sweet; for people used to ultra-sweet berries they can seem tart. If you do pick them, treat them like blackberries or raspberries. Be kind and leave a few for those coming after you including little critters.


 Salmonberry flower in April

A full salmonberry bush on the Salmonberry Trail in Green Timbers park



Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

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