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 CharacteristicsThis genus includes blackberries and raspberries.
CareNeed 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.
PropagationEvergreens 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.
ProblemsCane blight, canker, anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, Botrytis, Vertilcillium wilt, fireblight. Possible pests include scale insects, leafhoppers, and caterpillars.