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Rubus odoratus

Flowering Raspberry

One of the most beautiful ornamental raspberries because of its fragrant, rose-purple flowers, which bloom for an extended time each summer. Maple-like leaves are attractive all season and the stems virtually thornless. Large, purple-red fruit forms after the flowers and to the delight of birds and other wildlife.


 

Benefits

  • Highly valued food source for birds and butterflies
  • Berries feed game birds, large and small mammals
  • Large pinkish purple flowers bloom in mid-summer
  • Thornless canes, showy, edible fruit
  • Will spread so give it some room to grow

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Has good shade tolerance. Prune immediately after fruiting.


Height
3-6 Feet

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Spread
6-12 Feet

Native Range

Found in moist, shady places near the woods edges.

Native Trivia

Plants have been used as an astringent and as a diuretic. A purle to blue dye can be made from the berries.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Erosion control
Fragrant
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin