This is the only native blackberry species in British Columbia. The Trailing Blackberry is a low, trailing plant with deciduous leaves and white to pink flowers that produce the small blackberry fruits. This is a very tasty berry, my wife and I love to pick them. The fruits are best eaten fresh. The leaves can be used for a medicinal tea for stomach ache and the roots can be used for a medicinal tea for diarrhea.
It is common in disturbed sites and dry, open forests from low to middle elevations throughout Vancouver Island and the southern coast of BC. Although most often considered undesirable, it is very valuable as a plant species for habitat reclamation. It thrives in dry or moist, disturbed conditions so it is a natural at preventing erosion and great at bank stabilization. It grows well on disturbed sites and grows in sun to moderate shade.
It creates excellent wildlife habitat. Many species of birds eat the berries, as do many types of small mammals and bears. The dense thickets provide critical hiding and escape cover for many birds and mammals. Deer also browse the leaves.
Considered a weedy invader, it is a native blackberry that is far less invasive than its introduced cousins. It may be used to attract birds to your yard. To attract birds, teach it to travel up a trellis so the berries are easy to access.