A beautiful native raspberry to be grown more for its ecological and ornamental value than as a berry plant. A thornless, suckering, thicket-forming shrub. Five-lobed, maple-like, dark green leaves age to yellow in fall. Large, pinkish-purple fragrant flowers occur singly or in few-flowered clusters. The reddish-purple berries are edible; dry, crumbly and unappetizing to us – but the birds love them! Canes are thornless, yellow to orange-brown, exfoliating and provide winter interest. New branches have bristly hairs.
Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. Has good shade tolerance. Spreads rapidly from creeping, underground stems, so place it where it has room to grow so you can enjoy its wild beauty! Prune immediately after fruiting if desired.
Very high wildlife value for songbirds, game birds, and large and small mammals. Special value to native bees in providing nectar and nesting habitat.
The flowers of Rubus odoratus are somewhat self-fertile, which means that a single shrub will produce some fruit, but not as abundantly as when two or three of the shrubs are present.
Height: 3-6 ft.
Spread: 6-12 ft.
Bloom time: June to August
Sun: full sun to part shade
Deer may browse
photo credit: Amy Goletz