Native Coastal BC Shrubs II

nativesym (300x298)Symphoricarpos albus (syn. var. laevigatus) – Snowberry is a thicket-forming deciduous shrub native to much of the Pacific Northwest. It is useful for erosion control and features pink to white bell-shaped flowers followed by pure white berry clusters that usually persist into winter (as shown). Best in part sun. Oval (occasionally lobed) green leaves. Grows 3-6′ high and wide. Z3.

nativepsecdoubleolympic (300x296)Rubus spectabilis ‘Olympic Double’ (syn. ‘Flore Pleno’) – This cultivar of Salmonberry features large double blooms (about 2″ wide) of magenta-rose that much resemble little dahlias. It is a suckering deciduous shrub that forms a dense colony covered with bright green trifoliate leaves. Attracts hummingbirds. Discovered in Bremerton, Washington. Grows 6-8′ high by 8′ wide. Zone 5.

nativemahrepens (297x300)Mahonia repens – Creeping Oregon Grape is an excellent tall evergreen groundcover (for part sun) naturally found in higher elevations. The green holly-like leaves occasionally turn bronze in colder weather. Produces bright yellow flower clusters in spring followed by tart dark purple-blue berries that make a good jelly. Drought tolerant. Grows 18-24″ high by 2-3′ wide. Zone 5.

nativespirea (294x300)Spiraea douglasii – Hardhack is a vigorous deciduous shrub commonly found in wet swampy areas with full sun. It forms large thickets with simple green leaves (toothed) and produces fluffy rose-pink flowers in summer that fade to brown and persist. Named after the Scottish botanist David Douglas. Attracts butterflies. Grows 4 to 8′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

nativegarrya (300x295)Garrya elliptica – Silk Tassel Bush is native to the Pacific Northwest (California, Oregon, southern Washington) with coastal BC being the northern limit of its cultivated range. It is a hard to find evergreen shrub bearing simple dark green leaves with a waxy finish. Male plants produce attractive greyish-green catkins in late winter. Grows 8 to 12′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 8.

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