One of the many great berry-producing native plants that make up the understory of a healthy northwest forest. Pink flowers appear in the spring. Salmonberry fruit, shaped similarly to a raspberry or blackberry, ranges from yellow to dark orange and provides food for local wildlife and people. The tall shrub (up to 8′) can be distinguished by its pointed, sharply toothed leaflets, and shaggy, light brown stems covered in thorns. In comparison, invasive Himalayan blackberry has rounded leaflets and arching green stems. Salmonberry can be found in both upland and wetland riparian forests.