Rubus

These are the brambles, the genus to which the blackberry and loganberry belong, but there are also several decorative species well worth planting where there is room for them. Rubus will grow in almost any soil, in sun or partial shade. Those grown for their white stems (often known as whitewash brambles) can be pruned almost to ground level early each spring just before they re-start into growth; those grown for their flowers are best pruned immediately after flowering when the old flowering stems can be cut out.

Rubus deliciosus, R. trilobus and the beautiful hybrid between them, Tridel, all make long arching stems bearing big white flowers rather like single roses in May and June. R. spectabilis is shorter, 4 to 5 ft., spreading by suckers and with magenta flowers in April. R. ulmifolius bellidiflorus is semi-climbing or rambling with little double pink pompon flowers in summer. One of the best whitewash brambles is R. cockburnianus (also known as R. giraldianus) making a wide spreading bush 6 or 7 ft. high and even more through.

<i>Rubus deliciosus</i>

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