Species Identification

Riparian Plants

Common Species of the Fraser Valley

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TypeCommon NameLatin NameMoistureShadeCategory
AquaticBeaked sedgeCarex rostratawetintolerantEmergent
AquaticDense sedgeCarex densawet-mediumintolerantEmergent
AquaticMarsh cinqufoilPotentilla palustrisaquaticintolerantemergent
AquaticNarrow leaved bur reedSparenguineum emersonaquaticintolerantEmergent
AquaticSitka sedgeCarex sitchennsiswetintolerantEmergent
AquaticSlough sedgeCarex obnuptawetintolerantEmergent
AquaticSmall flowered bullrushScirpus microcarpusaquaticintolerantEmergent
AquaticSoft stemmed bullrushscirpus lacustris validusaquaticintolerantEmergent
AquaticTuleScirpus acutusaquaticintolerantEmergent
AquaticWapatoSagittaria latifoliaaquaticmedium tolerantemergent
FernBracken fernPterydium aquilinumwet-dryintolerantdrought tolerant
FernDeer fernBlechnum spicantwet-mediumtolerantshade tolerant
FernLady fernAthyrium flix-feminawet-mediumtolerantpioneer
FernOak fernGymnocarpium dryopterismediumtolerantunderstory
FernSword fernPolystichum minitummediumtolerantunderstory
ShrubBeaked hazelnutCorylus cornutamediummedium tolerantdrought tolerant
ShrubBlack twinberryLonicara involucratawet-mediummedium tolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubDull Oregon grapeMahonia nervosamedium-drytolerantdrought tolerant
ShrubHardhackSpiraea douglasiiwetintolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubHighbush cranberryViburnum edulewet-mediummedium tolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubHooker’s willowSalix hookerianiiwetintolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubIndian plumOemleria cerasiformiswet-mediummedium tolerantpioneer, understory
ShrubMock orangePhiladelphis lewisiimedium-dryintolerantpioneer
ShrubNootka roseRosa nutkanamedium-dryintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
ShrubOceansprayHolodiscus discolormediumintolerantpioneer
ShrubOval leafed blueberryVaccinnium ovalifoliummediummedium tolerantshade tolerant
ShrubPacific ninebarkPhysocarpus capitatuswet-mediummedium tolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubPacific willowSalix lucida lasiandrawetintolerantfloodplain
ShrubRed elderberrySambucus racemosawet-mediummedium tolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubRed flowering currantRibes sanguineummedium-dryintolerantdrought tolerant
ShrubRed osier dogwoodCornus stoloniferawet-mediumtolerantfloodplain, pioneer
ShrubSalalGaultheria shalionmedium-drytolerantshade tolerant
ShrubSalmonberryRubus spectabilismedium-drymedium tolerantpioneer, shade tolerant
ShrubSitka mountain ashSorbus sitchensismediumintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
ShrubSitka willowSalix sitchensiswetintolerantfloodplain
ShrubSnowberrySymphoricarpos albusmediummedium tolerantpioneer, shade tolerant
ShrubSweet galeMyrica galewetintolerantfloodplain
ShrubThimbleberryRubus parviflorusmedium-dryintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
TreeBig leaf mapleAcer macrophylummedium-dryintolerantpioneer
TreeBitter cherryPrunus emarginatawet-mediumintolerantpioneer
TreeBlack cottonwoodPopulus balsamiferawet-mediumintolerantpioneer
TreeBlack hawthorneCrataegus douglasiiwet-mediumintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
TreeCascaraRhamnus purshianawet-mediumtolerantfloodplain, shade tolerant
TreeDouglas firPseudotsuga menziesiimedium-dryintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
TreeDouglas mapleAcer glabrummedium-dryintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
TreeOregon ashFraxinus latifoliawetmedium tolerantfloodplain
TreePacific crabappleMalus fuscawet-mediumintolerantfloodplain
TreePacific dogwoodCornus nutaliimediummedium tolerantshade tolerant
TreePaper birchBetula papyriferamediumintolerantpioneer
TreeRed AlderAlunus rubramediumintolerantpioneer
TreeScoulers willowSalix scoulerianawetintolerantfloodplain
TreeSitka sprucePicea sitchensiswet-mediumtolerantfloodplain, pioneer
TreeTrembling aspenPopulus tremuloidesmediumintolerantdrought tolerant, pioneer
TreeVine mapleAcer circinatumwet-mediumtolerantFloodplain, Shade tolerant
TreeWestern hemlockTsuga heterophylawet-mediumtolerantshade tolerant
TreeWestern red cedarThuja plicatawet-mediummedium tolerantfloodplain, shade tolerant
TreeWestern YewTaxas brevifoliawet-mediumtolerantshade tolerant

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