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Rubus deliciosus

Rocky Mountain Thimbleberry, Boulder Raspberry
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Flowers

RUBUS

Though best known for blackberries and raspberries (see those entries for information about edibles), the brambles include many ornamental plants as well, most of them thornless. The species described here differ from blackberries and raspberries not only in their lack of prickles but also in having perennial rather than biennial stems. Spring flowers are followed by small, edible berries that attract birds.

These need good drainage and spread widely by rhizomes. Plant groundcover types about 2 ft. apart.

Rubus deliciosus

Deciduous. Native to Rocky Mountains in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Graceful, arching plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Bright green, lobed, nearly round leaves. White, 2–3-in.-wide flowers resemble single roses. Dark purple berries.

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