Canadian Forest Service Publications

The biology of Canadian weeds. 105. Rubus strigosus Michx., Rubus parviflorus Nutt., and Rubus spectabilis Pursh. 1996. Oleskevich, C.; Shamoun, S.F.; Zamir, K.P. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 76: 187-201.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4251

Language: English

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Wild raspberry (Rubus strigosus Michx.), thimbleberry (R. parviflorus Nutt.), and salmonberry (R. spectabilis Pursh) are native perennial deciduous shrubs which rapidly invade disturbed areas. Through prolific vegetative growth, these shrubs form dense, multilayered, and monospecific stands and form extensive clonal colonies. They create habitat and supply food sources for a variety of forest fauna and are important in nutrient cycling and reducing soil erosion. These Rubus shrubs may effectively outcompete economically valuable regenerating conifers. A review of chemical, manual, and biological control methods is presented. Reproductive biology, growth and development, and population dynamics are discussed in detail.