Oemleria cerasiformis “Indian Plum” Rosaceae

Tacoma, WA
May 2013
Robert Niese

Oemleria is a PNW endemic and is one of the first plants to leaf-out and bloom in spring. Later in the summer Oemleria will begin to bear ripe fruits which are purple with a large pit, giving them the name Indian Plums. These fruits here were unripe and tasted bitter and chalky. I should have waited for them to turn purple!

Rubus spectabilis “Salmonberry” Rosaceae

Tacoma, WA
May 2013
Robert Niese

These are definitely some of my favorite PNW fruits. You can easily identify a Salmonberry bush by its unique 3-part leaves. Look for the bottom two leaflets that are shaped like the wings of a butterfly!