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Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry)

Thimbleberry, Native Australian Bramble, Salmon Berry, Salmonberry, Western Thimbleberry


Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) is a beautiful, thicket-forming, deciduous shrub adorned with a dense foliage of velvety, maple-like, green leaves. From late spring to mid summer, fragrant white flowers, 2 in. (5 cm), appear in showy clusters. They are followed by vibrant scarlet berries which mature in mid to late summer and compliment the lush foliage. The stems are thornless, making fruit harvest easier. Fruits may be eaten directly off the shrub or used to make flavorful jams and jellies. They are also valuable seasonal food for birds and mammals. The leaves turn brilliant orange to maroon shades in fall. While self-fertile, Thimbleberry will produce more berries if several shrubs are present.

  • Grows up to 4-8 ft. tall and wide (120-240 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soils. Can tolerate brief seasonal flooding.
  • Perfect for informal hedges, bird and wildlife gardens, erosion control on banks and slopes.
  • Flowers and fruits are produced on two-year-old canes (previous season's growth). Remove canes that have fruited immediately after the fruit is harvested, leaving the new non-fruiting canes to overwinter. Remove any non-fruiting canes that are crowded, spindly, or diseased. In late winter, remove any damaged canes and thin the remaining canes as needed, leaving only healthy, well-spaced canes.
  • Watch out for leaf spots, anthracnose, botrytis, powdery mildew, spur blight, root rots, cane borers and crown bores. Aphids can be troublesome..
  • Propagate by dormant rhizome segments, stem cuttings or seed.
  • Native to western and northern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Rubus - Brambles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Massachusetts, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Rubus - Brambles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Massachusetts, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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