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Creeping raspberry

Rubus pentalobus

ROO-bus pen-tah-LOW-bus

This prostrate evergreen species produces a mass of richly textured leaves, making it an attractive groundcover for formal areas, rock gardens, or woodland beds. The leaves are thick, neatly rounded and formed, with bronzy undersides and autumn color that persists through the winter. In summer, it bears white flowers, which are sometimes followed by red fruits.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun or part shade. 

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsCanker, cane blight, anthracnose, powdery mildew, rust, gray mold (Botrytis), Verticillium wilt, fireblight, scale insects, caterpillars, leafhoppers.

  • Genus : Rubus
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : White

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