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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rubus odoratus

Purple-flowering Raspberry, Eastern Maple-leaf Raspberry, Thimbleberry

Scientific Name:

Rubus odoratus

Genus:

Rubus

Species Epithet:

odoratus

Common Name:

Purple-flowering Raspberry, Eastern Maple-leaf Raspberry, Thimbleberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rocky upland forests, boulderfields, rock outcrops and clearings, moist roadsides, and thickets, especially on base-rich substrates. Common in NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Unlike most member of this genus, which have compound leaflets, Purple-flowering Raspberry has a palmate, lobed leaf resembling a maple leaf. It lacks prickles, which makes it a popular ornamental. It is colonial, so it's best in natural areas. The purple-red fruit is edible.

Buds and flowers

Watauga County, NC, July 2002, by Hugh Partridge

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rubus-odoratus/

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/rubus/odoratus/



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