July 3, 2020

Friendly Native

Rubus odoratus - Flowering raspberry

Janine Pineo Photo | Rubus odoratus – Flowering raspberry

With distinctive leaves that look like that of a maple, Rubus odoratus completes the package with a profusion of large, pink-purple, fragrant flowers. Unlike its relatives, flowering raspberry is without thorns, making it a great ornamental shrub. It grows up to 6 feet in height, with a spread that can reach up to 12 feet. Native to eastern North America, flowering raspberry is hardy to Zone 3 and grows wild in Maine, but also can be found at nurseries within the state. Like other raspberries, it produces suckers and has cane-like stems. It prefers sun to partial shade, with a good tolerance of shade. It does produce berries – another name is thimbleberry – but they reportedly have little taste and are very seedy. Well, you can’t have everything.