Species Identification

Riparian Plants

Common Species of the Fraser Valley

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Type Common Name Latin Name Moisture Shade Category
Aquatic Beaked sedge Carex rostrata wet intolerant emergent
Aquatic Dense sedge Carex densa wet-medium intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Marsh cinqufoil Potentilla palustris aquatic intolerant emergent
Aquatic Narrow leaved bur reed Sparenguineum emerson aquatic intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Sitka sedge Carex sitchennsis wet intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Slough sedge Carex obnupta wet intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Small flowered bullrush Scirpus microcarpus aquatic intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Soft stemmed bullrush scirpus lacustris validus aquatic intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Tule Scirpus acutus aquatic intolerant Emergent
Aquatic Wapato Sagittaria latifolia aquatic medium tolerant emergent
Fern Bracken fern Pterydium aquilinum wet-dry intolerant drought tolerant
Fern Deer fern Blechnum spicant wet-medium tolerant shade tolerant
Fern Lady fern Athyrium flix-femina wet-medium tolerant pioneer
Fern Oak fern Gymnocarpium dryopteris medium tolerant understory
Fern Sword fern Polystichum minitum medium tolerant understory
Shrub Beaked hazelnut Corylus cornuta medium medium tolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Shrub Black twinberry Lonicara involucrata wet-medium medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Dull Oregon grape Mahonia nervosa medium-dry tolerant drought tolerant
Shrub Hardhack Spiraea douglasii wet intolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Highbush cranberry Viburnum edule wet-medium medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Hooker’s willow Salix hookerianii wet intolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Indian plum Oemleria cerasiformis wet-medium medium tolerant pioneer, understory
Shrub Mock orange Philadelphis lewisii medium-dry intolerant pioneer
Shrub Nootka rose Rosa nutkana medium-dry intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Shrub Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor medium intolerant pioneer
Shrub Oval leafed blueberry Vaccinnium ovalifolium medium medium tolerant shade tolerant
Shrub Pacific ninebark Physocarpus capitatus wet-medium medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Pacific willow Salix lucida lasiandra wet intolerant floodplain
Shrub Red elderberry Sambucus racemosa wet-medium medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Red flowering currant Ribes sanguineum medium-dry intolerant drought tolerant
Shrub Red osier dogwood Cornus stolonifera wet-medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Shrub Salal Gaultheria shalion medium-dry tolerant shade tolerant
Shrub Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis medium-dry medium tolerant pioneer, shade tolerant
Shrub Sitka mountain ash Sorbus sitchensis medium intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Shrub Sitka willow Salix sitchensis wet intolerant floodplain
Shrub Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus medium medium tolerant pioneer, shade tolerant
Shrub Sweet gale Myrica gale wet intolerant floodplain
Shrub Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus medium-dry intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Tree Big leaf maple Acer macrophylum medium-dry intolerant pioneer
Tree Bitter cherry Prunus emarginata wet-medium intolerant pioneer
Tree Black cottonwood Populus balsamifera wet-medium intolerant floodplain, pioneer
Tree Black hawthorne Crataegus douglasii wet-medium intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Tree Cascara Rhamnus purshiana wet-medium tolerant floodplain, shade tolerant
Tree Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii medium-dry intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Tree Douglas maple Acer glabrum medium-dry intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Tree Oregon ash Fraxinus latifolia wet medium tolerant floodplain
Tree Pacific crabapple Malus fusca wet-medium intolerant floodplain
Tree Pacific dogwood Cornus nutalii medium medium tolerant shade tolerant
Tree Paper birch Betula papyrifera medium intolerant pioneer
Tree Red Alder Alunus rubra medium intolerant pioneer
Tree Scoulers willow Salix scouleriana wet intolerant floodplain
Tree Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis wet-medium tolerant floodplain, pioneer
Tree Trembling aspen Populus tremuloides medium intolerant drought tolerant, pioneer
Tree Vine maple Acer circinatum wet-medium tolerant Floodplain, Shade tolerant
Tree Western hemlock Tsuga heterophyla wet-medium tolerant shade tolerant
Tree Western red cedar Thuja plicata wet-medium medium tolerant floodplain, shade tolerant
Tree Western Yew Taxas brevifolia wet-medium tolerant shade tolerant

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