Rubus odoratus Rosaceae
Flowering Raspberry, Purple-flowering Raspberry
Broadleaf deciduous shrub, usually grows to 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) high, suckering, wide spreading, shoots erect, lack
prickles, stems woody, very pale brown, peeling bark. Leaves alternate, simple, large,
10-25 cm wide, palmately 3-5 lobed, each broadly triangular, middle lobe longest, base cordate, margin
finely serrate. Flowers 3-5 cm wide, fragrant, pink-purple, many per short cluster (panicle);
blooms in June-August. Fruit red, broadly hemispherical, similar in appearance to a raspberry;
edible but slightly dry, crumbly and unappetizing.
- Sun or shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia to Michigan,
Tennessee, and Georgia. Sometimes called a thimbleberry, but this common name is usually
more appropriate for the similar but white-flowered Rubus parviflorus
of western North America.
- odoratus: fragrant, reference to the flowers.