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Rubus parviflorus

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Grassland, riverbanks, seaside, wasteland, waterside, woodland.

White, 5 petals
White flowers, 2 to 6cm across. There are numerous yellow stamens. Pollinated by insects.
The fruit is a red berry about 1cm in size, similar in appearance to a raspberry. The seeds ripen in July and August.
Palmate but rounded leaves, about 8 inches (20cm) in size. 5 lobed. The texture of the leaves is soft.
Flowers are slightly fragrant.
Other Names:
Salmonberry, Smallflower Blackberry, Western Thimbleberry.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Rubus parviflorus is a species of bramble, also known as the "thimbleberry" or "smallflower blackberry." It is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It has large, lobed leaves and white, fragrant flowers that give way to red berries that are edible and resemble raspberries in taste. It is native to North America and can be found in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and parts of Canada. It is commonly found in moist, shaded areas such as streambanks, forest understories and coastal bluffs.


Thimbleberry, also known as Rubus parviflorus, is a species of raspberry native to North America. This berry-producing shrub is known for its sweet, juicy fruit and its delicate, white flowers, which bloom in the spring. Thimbleberry is a popular plant among gardeners, who often plant it in their gardens for its beauty, as well as its fruit production.

The Thimbleberry plant can grow up to 10 feet tall and is often found in forested areas, along streams and in other moist habitats. It is a deciduous shrub, which means that it loses its leaves in the fall and goes dormant in the winter. In the spring, the plant comes back to life with the growth of new leaves and the blooming of its flowers.

The Thimbleberry fruit is an important food source for many wildlife species, including bears, birds, and deer. The fruit is also popular among humans and is often used in baking, preserves, and other culinary applications. The fruit is also believed to have medicinal properties and has been used for centuries by Native American tribes to treat a variety of ailments, including skin irritation and digestive problems.

In terms of horticulture, Thimbleberry is a relatively easy plant to grow. It can be propagated from cuttings, which will produce roots and start to grow when planted in soil. The plant prefers well-drained soil and full sunlight, but it can also tolerate partial shade. Once established, Thimbleberry is a low-maintenance plant that does not require a lot of care.

In addition to its fruit production and beauty, Thimbleberry is also known for its versatility in the garden. It can be used as an ornamental plant, as a ground cover, or as a hedge. It can also be planted in wild gardens, where it will provide habitat for wildlife and contribute to the overall biodiversity of the area.

Thimbleberry is a valuable plant that offers a variety of benefits, from its sweet fruit to its beauty and versatility in the garden. Whether you are looking to add a new plant to your garden, or you are seeking a food source for wildlife, Thimbleberry is a great choice.

Thimbleberries are also valued for their unique leaf structure. Unlike most other types of raspberries, Thimbleberry leaves are large, soft, and fuzzy, and have a pale green color that provides a delicate look to the plant. The leaves are also lobed and have a slightly wrinkled texture, adding to the plant's ornamental appeal.

Another interesting characteristic of Thimbleberry is that it is a self-supporting plant, which means that it does not require a trellis or support system like other raspberry varieties. This makes it a great option for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance plant that can grow on its own.

In addition to its fruit and ornamental value, Thimbleberry is also a valuable plant for wildlife. The plant provides habitat for a variety of animals, including birds, mammals, and insects. The delicate flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, while the fruit provides food for a variety of wildlife species, including bears, raccoons, and squirrels.

Despite its many benefits, Thimbleberry is still not a very well-known plant, and is often overlooked in favor of other more popular fruit-producing shrubs. However, for those who are looking for a unique and low-maintenance addition to their garden, Thimbleberry is an excellent choice.

When it comes to harvesting Thimbleberry fruit, it is important to be aware that the fruit is quite delicate and soft. Unlike other raspberry varieties, the fruit does not hold up well in transport and should be eaten or used soon after it is picked.

Thimbleberry is a versatile and valuable plant that offers a variety of benefits, from its sweet fruit to its beauty and ornamental value, to its importance to wildlife. If you are looking for a unique and low-maintenance addition to your garden, consider planting Thimbleberry today.

In addition to its many benefits, Thimbleberry also has a rich cultural and historical significance. Native American tribes have used the plant for centuries for both food and medicinal purposes. The fruit was often eaten fresh, dried, or made into preserves and was used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive problems and skin irritation.

Thimbleberry has also been used in traditional folk medicine, with some cultures using the plant to make tea for digestive problems, as a soothing poultice for skin irritation, and as a general tonic for overall health.

In terms of culinary applications, Thimbleberry fruit is often used in baking, particularly in the making of jams, jellies, and syrups. The fruit has a unique flavor that is a combination of sweet and tart, and is often used in baking to add a touch of sweetness to desserts and other baked goods.

Despite its many benefits, Thimbleberry is still not widely cultivated and is often difficult to find in nurseries and garden centers. However, for those who are interested in growing this plant, it can be propagated from cuttings, which will produce roots and start to grow when planted in soil.

Another great aspect of Thimbleberry is its ability to thrive in a variety of soil and climate conditions. The plant is native to North America and can be found growing in many different habitats, including forested areas, along streams, and in other moist environments. Thimbleberry is also tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including clay, sand, and loam.

In terms of climate, Thimbleberry can grow in both warm and cool climates, and is hardy in USDA zones 2 through 7. The plant is also relatively drought-tolerant, and once established, it can thrive with minimal water.

One important factor to consider when growing Thimbleberry is its susceptibility to pests and diseases. While Thimbleberry is generally considered a low-maintenance plant, it can be vulnerable to pests such as aphids and spider mites, as well as diseases like verticillium wilt. However, these problems can be prevented and managed by proper cultural practices, including regular pest monitoring and control, and proper irrigation and soil management.

In conclusion, Thimbleberry is a versatile and low-maintenance plant that offers a variety of benefits, from its sweet fruit to its ornamental value and importance to wildlife. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, Thimbleberry is a great plant to consider for your garden, with its ability to thrive in a variety of soil and climate conditions, and its relatively low maintenance requirements. So why not add Thimbleberry to your garden today and enjoy its many benefits!

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