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botanical name:
Rubus thibetanus
Rubus thibetanus © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Whitewashed bramble
synonyms:  Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern', Rubus veitchii
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 2.50m
width: 2.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: arching
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: white
main season: Winter
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Thicket-forming deciduous shrub with erect or arching, prickly stems which are covered with a white bloom, making a bold show in winter. Triangular pinnate leaves with up to 13 hairy leaflets giving a greenish-white appearance. Racemes of small purple-pink flowers in summer followed by rounded black fruits.

cultivation:
Best in reasonable fertile soil in sun or part shade. Unfussy and easy to grow.

Prune hard in early spring, cutting some stems to ground level.

propagation:
From seed, soft or hardwood cuttings or by layering. Also by separation of rooted suckers.

usage:
The white stems are good for winter interest, plant against a dark background.
Fruits are edible.

other notes:
RHS AGM

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