Native Plant of the Week: Flowering Raspberry

Family: Rosaceae


Name: Rubus odoratus - Flowering Raspberry

Bloom Time: June - August


Flower: Rosy Purple


Soil Condition: Moist, Well Drained


Light: Partial Shade, Sun


Height: 3-6' tall by 6-12' wide


Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island


Zone: 3 to 8


Rubus odoratus is a suckering shrub known as a bramble (usually thorny but Flowering Raspberry is not) with fragrant, bright rosy purple flowers. A must have for the birder as the berries are a delight for our feathered friends. The berries are a bit insipid but they are edible for human consumption too. The foliage looks like giant maple leaves and gives this plant a tropical look. Due to its rapidly spreading behavior it is best suited to a woodland garden where it has plenty of room to form a colony.


Maintenance: Remove suckers to control spread and share with friends, prune immediately after flowering


Benefits: Pollinators, nesting material for native bees, birds love the fruit, provides shelter for birds and small mammals, juglone tolerant (Black Walnut), tolerates full shade, deer resistant


Companion Plants: Onoclea sensibilis - Sensitive Fern, Iris versicolor - Blue Flag Iris, Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot, Carex muskingumensis - Palm Sedge, Chasmanthium latifolium - Sea Oats


pic: KMS Native Plants

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References:

1. https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RUOD

2. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=m190


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