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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.



  • 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.

3-6 Feet


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.

"An important food and nectar source for everyone from butterflies to birds to large and small mammals!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • 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