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Rubus odoratus

Common Name(s):
Purple flowering raspberry
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Shrubs
Comment:

Rubus odoratus is a native of Eastern North America. It is a deciduous, coarse, suckering shrub with cane-like stems which typically grows 3-6' tall and spreads 6-12' wide. One of the best of the ornamental raspberries because of its rose-like, fragrant, 2" wide, rose-purple flowers which appear over a long summer bloom period and its palmate, 5-lobed, maple-like, medium green leaves (4-10" wide). This shrub has hairy stems but virtually no prickles. Flowers give way to 3/4" diameter, cup-shaped red fruits (raspberries) which are edible but somewhat dry, crumbly and unappetizing. Sometimes commonly called thimbleberry (though this common name is usually more appropriate for the similar but white-flowered Rubus parviflorus of the West).

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Leaf:   Fall                  Blooms:  Summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Summer

Wildlife Value:  This plant is beneficial for songbirds, game birds, butterflies, bees, large and small mammals.  Also used for nesting material for bees.  

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Aggressive, suckering habit needs to be watched.

Season:
Summer
Height:
3-6 ft.
Flower Color:
Rose-purple
Foliage:
The five-lobed, maple-like, dark green leaves of the Purple flowering raspberry become pale yellow in fall. The leaves are simple, finely serrated leaves with 3 to 5 lobes.
Flower:
The flowering purple raspberry has 2 in. flowers that open deep purplish pink and fade to magenta-pink in summer. The flowers are flat and fragrant.
Zones:
3-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
The purple flowering raspberry grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It has good shade tolerance. It best to prune immediately after fruiting. Grows best in moist but not wet soil, enriched with organic matter. It dislikes high humidity and high temperatures and needs good air circulation.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Sparse, erect stems; suckers
Propagation:
Bare root, seed, sprigs
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist soil
Fruit:
2 in. flowers open deep purplish pink fading to magenta pink in summer
Soil:
Moist
Origin:
Eastern US
Width:
6-12 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, bees, birds, fragrant, songbirds, butterflies, showy

NCCES plant id: 552

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