Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus
Rubus idaeus L. ssp. strigosus (Michx.) Focke
Grayleaf Red Raspberry, Red Raspberry
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Synonym(s): Rubus carolinianus, Rubus idaeus ssp. melanolasius, Rubus idaeus ssp. sachalinensis, Rubus idaeus var. aculeatissimus, Rubus idaeus var. canadensis, Rubus idaeus var. gracilipes, Rubus idaeus var. melanolasius, Rubus idaeus var. melanotrachys, Rubus idaeus var. strigosus, Rubus melanolasius, Rubus neglectus, Rubus strigosus, Rubus strigosus var. acalyphaceus, Rubus strigosus var. arizonicus, Rubus strigosus var. canadensis
USDA Symbol: ruids2
Commonly forming broad colonies, red raspberry is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub, usually 3-6 ft. tall and between 6-12 ft. wide. Erect branches become arching, purplish-red canes armed with prickles. Bright-green, summer foliage is pinnately compound, becoming red and purple in fall. Loose clusters of five-petaled flowers are followed by round, downy, red raspberries.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Red aggregated drupelets.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Nf. to AK, s. to NC mts., IN, extreme n.w. MO, NE, WY & mts. of NM, AZ & CA
Native Habitat: Wet bogs & woods to dry, wooded slopes & clearings
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Variable.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Very high for songbirds, game birds, and large and small mammals.
Use Food: The fruit of the Wild Red Raspberry is delicious fresh or in various jams or jellies. As well, a mild tea can be brewed from the leaves. (Strickland)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Edible Plants for a Virginia Rain Garden
October 21, 2009
Can you recommend edible plants that would be appropriate for use in a rain garden? I'm located in Charlottesville, VA, but this can be in general as well.
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Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-21
Research By: TWC Staff