Rubus parviflorus

Scientific name: Rubus parviflorus


Common names: “Thimbleberry”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 3-10

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Organically rich, slightly acidic

Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of seasonal flooding, doesn’t handle wet soils


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Plant Size: 4-8′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Spineless branches and soft velvety, 3-5 lobed green leaves with sharp toothed margins which turn attractive shades of gold and brown in autumnImage result for rubus parviflorus

Flower: Fragrant five-petaled white flowers bloom in clusters from May – July, followed by edible raspberry-like fruits mid-summer

Pruning: None required, left alone in conservation areas, can be pruned for fruit production by removing canes that have fruited immediately after harvest, leaving young canes to overwinter, prune out DDD’s, leaving only healthy, well-spaced canes.

Maintenance: Low – medium, difficult plant to grow

Landscape use: Native plant garden, wildlife garden, edible, hedge, conservation area

Propagate: By dormant rhizome segments, stem cuttings or seed

Pests & Disease: Larval host for the yellow-banded sphinx moth, susceptible to a wide range of fungal and viral diseases, as well as several insect pests

Attracts birds and butterflies

Comments: BC native, fruits used as a food source by first nations, the berries are truly delicious, soft leaves can be valuable if you find yourself camping and forgot to bring toilet paper

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