Native Shrubs

I thought that I would post some pictures of the native shrubs in the garden. They are mostly in one area, along the neighbors fence down from the swamp (actually the red huckleberry and the salmonberry are in what I term the swamp)

No berries from the native red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) yet.

red elderberry - Sambucus racemosa

red elderberry – Sambucus racemosa

The Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) will very likely get huge… but can always be pruned.

Pacific ninebark - Physocarpus capitatus

Pacific ninebark – Physocarpus capitatus

This salal (Gaultheria shallon) has been in the garden for years.

salal: Gaultheria shallon

salal: Gaultheria shallon

I don’t remember whether or not the native red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) produced berries last year – and whether or not the birds ate them.

red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

red twig dogwood: Cornus sericea

The Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana) did not bloom last year.

Nootka rose: Rosa nutkana

Nootka rose: Rosa nutkana

There are two small Oregon grapes (Mahonia aquifolium), and I am not sure if they are ‘Compacta’ or ‘John Muir’ – two different tags were on them (I think nursery and grower).

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape: Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compacta’ or ‘John Muir’

The native red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) (as opposed to the cultivar of the native, ‘King Edward VII,’ which we also have) bloomed this year, but sadly the hummingbirds were not around. They were in Washington, but just not in the yard.

red flowering currant: Ribes sanguineum

red flowering currant: Ribes sanguineum

I liked the idea of a native western hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), but this will get quite large. There is also a European hazelnut/filbert (Corylus avellana ‘Butler’ – the species they use for commercial hazelnuts) in the yard and also a Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). Hopefully that is enough for something to get pollinated, so we can have some hazelnuts for the birds/squirrels!

western hazelnut: Corylus cornuta

western hazelnut: Corylus cornuta

The red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) did not fruit last year. I am probably sending the birds mixed messages by growing berry plants for them, and also blueberry plants for me (also Vaccinium). I think I may put bird netting on the four blueberry plants.

red huckleberry: Vaccinium parvifolium

red huckleberry: Vaccinium parvifolium

The salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) also did not fruit last year, and I think I’m sending more mixed messages, because raspberries are also in the genus Rubus.

salmonberry: Rubus spectabilis

salmonberry: Rubus spectabilis

I couldn’t get a good picture of either of the two native flowering dogwoods (Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’). Because they are cultivars (‘Goldspot’), they are supposed to stay smaller and have variegated leaves. The leaves don’t look very variegated this year, so I hope they are not reverting. Maybe the gold will pop up later?

western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot'

western flowering dogwood – Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’