This erect, spindly shrub is a native of the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest , where it provides cover and food for birds and often forms dense thickets.The “tissue-paper” magenta flowers appear even before the leaves, with hot pink, crinkly blossoms, which turn into berries that are at first a bright orange and move to a deep red color as they mature. Both the older main stalks and the new green stems are heavily “armed”!!!
Hummingbirds love the salmonberry bush. Its bright pink flowers are a beacon to the birds, who migrate back to the temperate rainforest in early spring. The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) follows the wave of pink as it sweeps northwards. In turn, the hummingbird pollinates the flowers: a lovely example of mutualism in the rainforest.
This photo taken alongside my driveway in Kanish Bay on Quadra Island BC.