Rubus odoratus

purple flowering raspberry

Habit: Rubus odoratus is a deciduous shrub in the rose family with hairy, cane-like stems which typically grow 3 to 6 feet tall forming broad patches. Stems are virtually thornless. Purple flowering raspberry is very attractive as an ornamental plant. Its rose-purple flowers are nearly 2 inches across, quite fragrant and have a long summer bloom spanning from June to August. Its medium sized, 5-lobed, maple-like green leaves and edible fruit are very showy as well. Berries are red to purple, cup shaped and about 3/4 inches in diameter.  In terms of flavor, the fruit are not very appealing.

Ecology: grows in moist, shady slopes, along forest edges and road sides. Its native from Eastern North America.

Growing conditions: full sun to partial shade in sandy to gravelly soils, sometimes in deep forest loams. It enjoys average moisture and well-drained sites. Rubus odoratus is a relativelly low maintenance plant, but should be pruned back after flowering to control growth. Its dear resistant and a favorite of birds and butterflies. It makes a beautiful addition to a shade garden or large wooded area.


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Type: Deciduous shrub
Height: 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 m)
Width: 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m)
USDA Zones: 3-8
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.