Genus: Rubus

Rubus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
(Rubus)
ROO-bus
Rosaceae
Rubus is a large genus of more than 250 species of mainly shrubs and climbers in the rose family. They are grown for their flowers, fruit, or colorful winter shoots. Flowers are saucer- or cup-shaped and pink, white, red, or purple. The berries of some species are edible. Stems are often prickly or thorny and, in some deciduous species, white or colorful in the winter months. Grow in a vegetable garden, in a border or wild area, or in a woodland garden.
Noteworthy characteristics:  This genus includes blackberries and raspberries.
Care:  Need well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Evergreen species can grow in sun or part shade, while deciduous species grown for their winter shoots should be sited in full sun. Pruning needs vary by species.
Propagation: 

Evergreens may be propagated by semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by detaching rooted pieces of prostrate stems between fall and spring. Root cuttings of deciduous plants in summer, or hardwood cuttings in early winter.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Rubus

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Baby Cakes™ Blackberry
Rubus Hybrid
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BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™ Dwarf Thornless Raspberry
Rubus idaeus NR7' P.P. #22,141
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Raspberry Shortcake® Raspberry
Rubus idaeus
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Creeping raspberry
Rubus pentalobus
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American red raspberry
Rubus strigosus
Problems: 

Cane blight, canker, anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, Botrytis, Vertilcillium wilt, fireblight. Possible pests include scale insects, leafhoppers, and caterpillars.