are these rowan berries, salmon berries?

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  1. anon125

    anon125 Active Member 10 Years

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    No i wont win awards for photgraphy!
    are they edible?
    they are 5 ft off the ground and the deer have not found them yet, so maybe they know something!
    thanks all
     

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  2. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    These are Salmon Berries

    In spring they have pretty pink blossoms

    We leave the berries for the wild birds to feed their young families

    I don’t know why a human would pick them (other than for traditional First Ntn purposes) - raspberries and blueberries etc are far tastier in our opinion

    You may also be observing some thimbleberry ripening soon on wild roadsides

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    anon125 Active Member 10 Years

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    thanks for your help
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Deer in my area (Island County, Washington State) ARE quite interested in the tender new foliage of various Rubus including salmonberry (and Himalayan blackberry, which is a useful preference for them to have in a gardened setting - or anywhere else a body does not want to be buried by blackberries).
     
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    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Hello RonB - do you have info why some salmon berries (fruit) are orange yet some are red

    I have not dived in to the roadside brush to figure out if one plant had orange ... and another plant had red fruit

    I do know the 2 colors can be in close proximity based on citizen science observation on our back lane.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It's not known yet what the adaptive advantages there are to having orange- and red-fruited morphs. Orange-fruited morphs seem to germinate more readily. Red-fruited morphs seem to be more preferred by frugivorous birds. As you go further north, the ratio of orange-fruited to red-fruited morphs increases (and of course the inverse as you go further south, with populations being primarily red-fruited at the southern part of the range).
     
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