[nafex] salmonberry

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun Apr 6 08:45:07 EDT 2014

Sorry, I meant rubus, I have just been mucking with currants, and wrote the wrong word.

Here's a link to the list of plants prohibited in MA for their invasive characteristics. 
It includes three members of the Rubus genus, but not salmonberries or thimbleberries. I was confusing salmonberries with wineberries.
Rubus fruticosus, "wild blackberry complex"
Rubus moluccanus, wild blackberry
Rubus phoenicolasius, wineberry

It also includes
Elaeagnus umbellata, autumn olive
but nothing else in the Elaeagnus genus.


On Apr 6, 2014, at 7:23 AM, <dwoodard at becon.org> <dwoodard at becon.org> wrote:

> Salmonberry is Rubus spectabilis. Thimbleberry is Rubus parviflorus.
> Raspberries are in the genus Rubus.
> Ribes is a different genus, containing the currants and gooseberries.
> Some species of Ribes are forbidden in some places
> because they host white pine blister rust. To the best of my knowledge,
> Rubus species have nothing to do with the rust.
> Note that the Siberian black currant Ribes ussuriensis is resistant to white pine blister rust, and black currants such as Consort and Titania and some others are also resistant, being the results of crosses with Ribes ussuriensis. I believe that Consort and its self-sterile siblings Coronet and Crusader were products of the first crosses with Ribes ussuriensis and a European black currant, by Agriculture Canada at Ottawa, released very roughly sixty years ago. Titania and the other resistant cultivars, of higher quality, are products of later breeding.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario
> On Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:27:10 -0400, Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us> wrote:
>> On Apr 3, 2014, at 2:10 PM, Mike Levine wrote:
>>> I'm growing curious about salmonberries.  Are there any cultivars
>>> available?  Are there any thornless ones?  How do the fruit taste?  Would
>>> they likely be invasive in SE Michigan (they can get 10' tall) or do they
>>> mostly stay in bounds?
>> Speaking of invasive fruits -- I'm pretty sure they are one of the
>> many species of Ribes that are illegal to plant in my area. I've never
>> seen them growing wild, so I don't know if they are actually invasive.
>> I have seen thimbleberry (which may also be illegal) and that was
>> very tasty, although the fruit was quite small.
>> Ginda
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