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Rubus odoratus

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, creeping, edible, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, showy fruit, woodland plant

Rubus odoratus (purpleflowering raspberry)
  • Rubus odoratus (purpleflowering raspberry)
  • Rubus odoratus (purpleflowering raspberry)
  • Rubus odoratus (purpleflowering raspberry)
  • Rubus odoratus (purpleflowering raspberry)

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Description

Rubus odoratus

Also known as:

purpleflowering raspberry

,

flowering raspberry

,

Virginia raspberry

,

thimbleberry

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Rubus odoratus is one of the most valuable raspberries. It produces large, rose-like, fragrant purplish flowers over an extended period from late spring to late summer. These are followed by showy, red, flattened raspberry-like fruit. The leaves are large, very similar to maple leaves but with a coarse texture. It has a suckering habit and produces an abundance of long arching canes, that are devoid of thorns and prickles, which is an unusual trait for members of this genus.

Cultivation

Purpleflowering raspberry is very easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soils and light conditions. The only maintenance required, will be to control its spread. It will form large colonies and thickets by means of underground stems, and should be placed in an area where it will have room to romp. Bloom season is long, ranging from My to September. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Easily propagated from root cuttings, or by digging up and transplanting suckers. Can be propagated from seed, but this is a cumbersome process. These will need to be separated from the fruit through maceration, cold stratified and acid scarified. This process occurs naturally when the seeds pass through the digestive tracts of animals and scattered about in fall.

Additional Notes

The fruit are edible but rather unpalatable and not fit for human consumption. They are however an important food source for a large variety of wildlife.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL
  • Threatened: IN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Rubus blackberry
Species Rubus odoratus purpleflowering raspberry