New Edible, Ornamental Salmonberry

Salmonberry is a common, native woodland shrub that grows in part shade in many areas of the country. Now it's available with striking golden foliage that contrasts beautifully with its bright pink blooms and edible, raspberry-like fruits.

'Golden Ruby' salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis 'Golden Ruby') spreads 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, and is easy to grow in part shade on slightly acidic, well-drained soil in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. Prune branches after fruiting to keep the shrub evenly shaped. Like its relative, the raspberry, Salmonberry will spread from root suckers and should be given room to ramble. It's a perfect addition to a woodland garden where it will provide food for birds and other wildlife, as well as gardeners.

For more information on 'Golden Ruby' salmonberry, go to: Wayside Gardens.

Article published on July 30, 2007.

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