|Light:||Full Sun, Partial, Shade|
|Benefits:||Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant, Host Plant|
|Blooms:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Zones:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
Purple Flowering Raspberry beautifies the landscape and benefits the environment. This beautiful ornamental shrub is prized for the purple flowers that bloom profusely in early summer and continue throughout the season. The attractive maple-like leaves look good all season long and turn pale yellow in the fall. A thornless raspberry, Rubus odoratus has hairy stems but no prickles. The fragrant colorful blooms host a flurry of pollinators, and the large fruit that follows is highly sought by a variety of birds and other wildlife. As for human consumption, the fruit lacks the sweetness and flavor of its bramble cousins.
The flowers of Rubus odorata are somewhat self-fertile, which means that a single shrub will produce some fruit, but not as abundantly as when two or three of the shrubs are present.
While it prefers medium to moist, well-drained soils, Purple Flowering Raspberry tolerates a wide range of adverse conditions and has good shade tolerance as well. The long-lived plants form broad attractive patches. It may be easisest to situate this plant where it has plenty of room to spread. That said, adjacent plants, pathways and lawn may effectively curtail the plants’ suckering tendencies.
Found in moist, partial shade at woodland edges Rubus odoratus grows natively throughout the eastern United States and the Allegheny regions. It is fairly common in the Catskills where it is reportedly spectacular in bloom. Its status is endangered in Illinois and threatened in Indiana.